How to add drawer support to sofa table

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  • #312869
    tenjin
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    Hi,

    I’m building the sofa table project.

    I need to add a full width drawer.

    I’m uncertain how to add in the support for the drawer (runners etc).

    I was thinking of replacing the front skirt with a narrow top rail, and then a horizontal frame for the bottom rail that would span the entire bottom of the table. This would be fitted to the side skirts with tenons either end, and recessed into a dado on the back skirt.

    The drawer would then run on the horizontal frame.

    Does this seem like a sensible approach?

    Thanks

    Darren.

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    Jim Braun
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    Monmouth County, New Jersey

    #313001
    Jim Braun
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    @jimb

    Just saw a reply from @eckyh that stated the issue might be two links in the post, so here is part 1:

    No personal experience yet as I am still planning my sofa table. What I can offer is that recently I have been learning sketch up via Joe Zeh’s book SketchUp – A design Guide for Wood Workers. In the book he uses a bedside table as a learning exercise; the table uses traditional joinery and the drawer is framed by a top/bottom rail and left and right stiles. The drawer rides on wooden slides(runners).

    You can see this, assuming you use sketchup by dowmloading the free bedside table plan from his site: Bedside Table Plan

    Monmouth County, New Jersey

    #313011
    tenjin
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    @tenjin

    Hi Jim,

    That is absolutely awesome! It’s just what I needed, thanks for taking the time to post it.

    I appreciate you persevering with trying to reply!

    Thanks

    Darren.

    #313002
    Jim Braun
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    @jimb

    Part 2:

    If you don’t have sketchUp then you can view the PDF of the drawings from the following: site Book Support Files Download the files for Chapter 3 and in the folder you will find the PDF.

    jim

    Monmouth County, New Jersey

    #552310
    David B
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    @dbockel2

    I just went back and retrofitted my bench drawer with great success. I had originally just made a drawer with no “infrastructure” which resulted in the drawer getting suck, sawing from side-to-side, and generally being a pain to use and something I avoided opening. I went back in and installed runners and such and I cannot speak highly enough of the improvement. And it was very easy to upgrade it to a proper installation. Watch part 1 of the bench drawer customization to see Paul create the drawer infrastructure within.

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