Question on box construction

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  • #736365
    Jorge
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    Hi all.
    In projects like a blanquet chest with bottom drawer, Paul’s desktop organiser, or his tool chest, what is the standard way or ways to separate the drawer from the upper space, I mean, the bottom of the upper main compartment, with a drawer or drawers below?
    thank you

    #736498
    Joost Borst
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    If I remember correctly Paul go’s over it in the desktop organiser video. Its one of the last episodes, been a while since I watched them.

    I tought he basically glued two sticks on the walls and hammer in a piece of plywood to rest on top of it, but I could be wrong

    #736519
    Roberto Fischer
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    On his drawers, he always makes a groove on 3 sides and slides the bottom in (the back leaves the groove open). The bottom can be either plywood or solid wood (chamfered/rebated on the sides) with a few nails through the back panel, securing it from sliding out.

    I think he used the method Joost described for smaller boxes with thinner sides, so they don’t become too fragile, too thin where the groove is.

    #736532
    Jorge
    Participant

    Thanks for the answers. Wouldn’t the sticks interfere with the drawer?
    Roberto, are you describing the actual drawer construction or the board that separates the drawer from the compartment above?

    If the later, wouldn’t be quite difficult to bring all together, dovetails joining the 4 sides of the main carcase and the separation board? How would you doi it, front and sides first, the the board and then the back? At what point is convenient to glue up?

    Sorry, not sure if I’m explaining myself…

    #736558
    Joost Borst
    Participant

    I was talking about the board that seperates the drawer from the top compartment.

    The sticks would be above the drawer, this does create some useless space between the top of the drawer and the top compartment. Another way you could try is make a groove in the walls of your box. You can then slide a floor in there before you glue up the whole box.

    I suggest you watch the desktop organiser video, it sounds like your trying to make something like that project. Last time I checked the video isnt part of the subscription so it should be free.

    #736568
    Jorge
    Participant

    Thank you Joost

    #736605
    Ed
    Participant

    The drawer needs something to run on top of, but it also needs something above it to keep from flopping downwards when you pull it out. So, there is often a narrow batten above the drawer along its entire length (depth?), running front-to-back across the depth of the cabinet. On simple pieces, this will literally be a batten attached to the side of the cabinet, one per side. Screws would be used with the back one in an oversized hole to allow wood movement. On other pieces, a frame assembly might be made.

    In any case, this element provides a resting place for the separator you are asking about. In something like a tool chest, you might just cut a rectangle of ply and let it sit on top of the battens. In a fancy chest of drawers, the frame mentioned before might be frame and panel. There’s no reason why you couldn’t build a frame for a blanket chest to go above the drawers and just plop a piece of ply on top of it.

    #736640
    Jorge
    Participant

    Thank you Ed for your detailed answer.

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