Drawers for the Cubby Storage Open Bases
These huge drawers fit inside the Cubby Storage Open Bases and can hold everything from
In addition to the wood (I will not list this because if you are building the drawer, there is a good chance you are using the scraps from the matching cubby), you will need:
1 – 18″ pair of undermount drawer slides
Edge banding if you are using plywood instead of boards
Drawer pull or knobs
1 1/4″ Nails
Desired finishing supplies (paint, varnish, stain, etc)
Cut out all your boards as directed above. You must be certain that all your boards are perfectly square. Use a metal square or see the HOW-TO section for a video on how to check for square. Use 2″ nails or screws (unless otherwise directed), and always use glue.
Cut List for 1 Drawer for Cubby System Open Cubby Base Unit
A) 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF 25 3/4″ x 18 1/2″ (Bottom)
B) 2 – 1×10 @ 25 3/4″ (Drawer Front and Back) (information here on using plywood or MDF for sides)
C) 2 – 1×10 @ 20″ (Drawer Front and Back) (information here on using plywood or MDF for sides)
D) 1 – 1×12 @ 27 1/4″ (Drawer Face) (information here on using plywood or MDF for face)
Use straight cuts whenever possible and always remember that yours saw blade takes up a certain amount of space so you can't just draw out all your cuts and go. You may need to use a jigsaw to finish your cuts made with a circular saw.
Build the box. Begin by nailing the front and back of the drawer (B, shown in green above) to the bottom (A, shown in plywood above). Keep outside edges flush.
Complete the box. Fasten the sides (C, shown in green above) to the bottom (A) and front and back pieces (B) as shown above.
Attach the drawer with the slides. Use the undermount 18″ slides to attach the drawer box to the cubby. Make sure the drawer slides are installed in a manner where the drawer sits in 3/4″ to leave room for the face. It is always a good idea to mark out where the slide are placed to ensure the slides are installed parallel to the sides of the drawer. Use a square to do this. If the drawer is not installed correctly or built square, it will not slide correctly.
Just a note, I like to install my slides 1″ in from the outside of the bottom of the drawer.
Attaching the face. The easiest way to do this is to flip the entire cubby and drawer on it’s back. Make sure the drawer box is pushed all the way in, leaving a 3/4″ gap from the sides of the cubby to the front of the drawer box.
Then place the drawer face, D, on top of the drawer front. Center the face, creating an equal gap around all sides (this is my very own trick that I have learned from experience. It will center the face on the drawer box). The gap should be approximately 1/8″ all the way around the drawer face.
Using glue and the 1 1/4″ nails, place one nail in each corner area. Don’t forget, the top of the drawer box does not extend all the way to the top of the drawer face (see below).
Then flip the cubby back over, opening the drawer up, and resting back on it’s bottom. From the inside of the drawer, nail through the front of the drawer box into the backside of the drawer face. Be knowledgeable of where you will be placing your handles, and avoid adding nails in that area. This will hide most of your nail holes!
Test out your drawer and adjust as necessary.