Bedside Chest

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    David Baird

    Hello everyone, This is my first time posting so please be gentle with me 🙂

    I am starting a new project: a beside chest of drawers. I’ll probably be scaling this up later to be a full size chest of drawers for me and a dresser/mirror for her her. I’m building in cherry and have the ability to do the entire piece without any lamination.

    My question is this: I have seen Paul make plenty of drawers, but never where the panel on the sides is not flat against the drawer. In this design there will be about 3/4″ between the panel and the drawer. I’m currently thinking up adding in drawer runners as circled in the attached picture, but was wondering if anyone has any advice or ideas I may have overlooked. I’ll probably be making somewhere like 18+ of these type of drawers by the time all is said and done, so I’mm looking for efficient, yet very durable designs.

    Thanks in Advance,

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by David Baird.
    Andrew Konopitski

    Hey David, this is actually a great question. In designing my last project (kitchen island) I ran into a lot of questions related to casework/carcass design and the answers can be difficult to find. It looks like you have a pretty solid design based on your model. Generally, here’s what I’ve found is required in order to make a drawer function well:

    Drawer runners: support on either side of the drawer that the drawer will slide on top of
    Drawer glides: Lateral supports on either side of the drawer which resist the tendency for the drawer to rack within the case
    Kickers: Support above the drawer which prevents the drawer from tipping forward as it is pulled out

    There are a ton of different ways to incorporate these elements, but it looks like your design has all of them. As far as I can tell, the drawer runners for the drawer above will serve as the kickers for the drawers below and these horizontal runners/kickers with be incorporated into vertical glides attached directly to the panel.

    Two recommendations: there should be a separate kicker above the top drawer (which might be incorporated into the top not shown), and I would recommend doing an M&T joint for the drawer glides into the legs for added strength. The drawer runners can then be screwed into the glide and the structure will be very strong.

    Hope this helps,

    Sven-Olof Jansson

    Hej David,

    Bill Hylton’s book “illustrated Cabinetmaking How to Design and Construct Furniture That Works (Fox Capel Publishing: ISBN 978-1-56523-369-0)” has quite the section on drawermaking, as well as most everything else around furniture construction.

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

    David Baird

    Thanks much guys!

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