Drawer Making [16x9] lighter

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In the videos below, Paul takes us through the process of making drawers, in this case for a tool cabinet. The general principles can be transferred to numerous other projects.


Your drawer dimensions may vary depending on the specifications of your project. The drawers in these videos are made to the following dimensions:

PartQtySize (imperial)Size (metric)
Front234” x 3” x 14 5819 x 76.5 x 371.5mm
Sides412” x 3” x 111413 x 76.5 x 286mm
Back212” x 2 12” x 14 5813 x 63.5 x 371.5mm
Plywood Bottom214” x 14 58” x 11146 x 371.5 x 286mm

Tool Cabinet Project

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  1. Hugo Notti on 12 October 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks a lot for going into depths again about planing. To me, planing flat, square and twist-free are the hardest skill in woodworking (so far) but I am getting better with every new detail that I learn from (mostly) your videos.


  2. bytesplice on 15 October 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Wow! I only wish I had seen this a month ago – before I dovetailed the drawers on two Shaker style end tables. I can’t wait to try this method on my next project.

  3. JIM CHILDRESS on 6 December 2016 at 12:02 am

    Paul, I really thank you for this exhaustive description of how to make and fit drawers to any
    project. Now I will feel comfortable making the chest of drawers for my son.

    Please continue with you perfect methods of woodworking! When you retire, do not forget to
    have a skilled artisan to follow in your “hand steps”.

    Best regards,
    Jim Childress

  4. Nicholas Gaudiuso on 19 March 2019 at 11:59 am

    I only have access to 3/4 inch thick stock and don’t own a band saw. What method should I use to get it down to 1/2 inch for drawer sides? Should I just plane it down to the thickness? What are your thoughts on using 3/4 for the sides also?

    • Keith Walton on 19 March 2019 at 12:14 pm

      scrub plane!

    • Izzy Berger on 21 March 2019 at 11:37 am

      Hi Nicholas,

      The unfortunate part is that overly thick drawer sides make no difference to the final appearance when the drawer is closed, but when you open the drawer it looks clunky and overweight. My suggestion is plane the drawer sides down to half an inch and hopefully they’re not very big.

      Kind Regards,

  5. Nicholas Gaudiuso on 19 March 2019 at 1:22 pm

    What considerations are made in the selection of the different species of wood for the front and sides to make such a nice contrast that shows off the dovetail? Thank you so much for your work.

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