3 Ways to Build Professional Quality Drawers

3 Ways to Build Professional Quality Drawers

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In this weeks video I’m covering the basics of how to make drawers. I make 3 different kinds of drawers. Ones with wood slides, ones with side mounted metal slides, and ones with undermount drawer slides.

You can purchase Blum TANDEM undermount drawer slides from long time supporter of my channel, Rockler. https://www.rockler.com/blum-tandem-full-extension-drawer-slide-kit-with-blumotion-soft-close

Additional Rockler tools used in this video:
Rockler Deluxe Brass Setup Bars https://www.rockler.com/rockler-deluxe-brass-setup-bars
Rockler JIG IT Undermount Drilling Guide https://www.rockler.com/rockler-jigit-undermount-drilling-guide
Rockler Marking and Measuring Pouch https://www.rockler.com/marking-and-measuring-pouch
Rockler Pro Lift Router Lift https://www.rockler.com/rockler-pro-lift-router-lift
Rockler Glue Brush https://www.rockler.com/rockler-silicone-mini-glue-brush-2-pack

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  1. Fernando Máximo Torres on September 12, 2022 at 1:22 am

    ¿can those notchs be made using router?

  2. William Maxwell on September 12, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Hay, I like how you think graphically. As an Architect I do it as well and as Carl von Clausewitz stated in "on War" the only scale to build a model is 1 to 1

  3. TheDreadWolf on September 12, 2022 at 1:31 am

    I use metric and confused the hell out of my old school carpenter dad. So when I take measurements, I need to do it both in metric AND imperial lol

  4. Sthembiso Buthelezi on September 12, 2022 at 1:31 am

    You’re my HERO… Thank you so much for all your efforts on creating this video… Thank you…. 👏🏾

  5. J Ray on September 12, 2022 at 1:32 am

    You truly did give me more confidence and incite in drawer building.

    Thank You.

  6. Ronald Thompson on September 12, 2022 at 1:32 am

    How many times have you shot a nail into your hand?

  7. Hate goo gle on September 12, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Ugh. Douchebag electronico noise. Even worse, you pump the volume up and down. HORRIBLY ANNOYING.

  8. xl on September 12, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Imperial System fail at 7:59
    You can tell he wants to put the right number, but he realises it’s not going to be an easy task to compute:
    18 + 1/16 – 1 /32 – 4 – 3/4 – 4 – 3/4 – 1/32 =
    8 + 1/2 …
    I think like most imperial system calculations, you don’t go below one 1 inch unless it’s really necessary.

  9. Charles on September 12, 2022 at 1:38 am

    1:25 "I also drew a drawing . . ."
    One may draw a sketch, but a ‘drawing?’

  10. alzathoth on September 12, 2022 at 1:39 am

    how about dovetails or box/finger joints?

  11. magno laurice on September 12, 2022 at 1:39 am

    It would be great if someone inboxed me now

  12. Joey Cymbals on September 12, 2022 at 1:41 am

    The undermount drilling gide is universal or just for the Rockler slides?

  13. War Peace on September 12, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Your video and dialogue are excellent and you are giving good information. Well done.
    Whats that music? Are we in an elevator?

  14. Yo Kin on September 12, 2022 at 1:43 am

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  16. KpxUrz5745 on September 12, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Really nice build! I can’t even imagine how wonderful it would be to have a workshop like this. I have lots of tools but no workshop or good place to keep them. No wonder it is so dang difficult to build projects like this.

  17. Iain Harper on September 12, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Is that chart pre ww2 or something? Seriously you guys need to consider metric 😂😬

  18. Christopher Laughton on September 12, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Well done – a simple and clear instructional video – thank you.

  19. imTMBR on September 12, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Love this video has helped me out, what gauge nails/pins are you using in the air nailer ?

  20. Bernard Boden on September 12, 2022 at 1:50 am

    all about the Imperial measurement system! https://youtu.be/r7x-RGfd0Yk

  21. Serge J Gendron on September 12, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Great video

  22. Steven Duyck on September 12, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Planning on to convert my van (again) 🙂 this video is a great help!!!

  23. First name on September 12, 2022 at 1:51 am

    How stupid are American measurements lol

  24. Devon Wainstein on September 12, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Guy waa holding tje scrap.side of the material.while.usijg a stop block on tje chop saw

  25. D B on September 12, 2022 at 1:53 am

    I noticed you did pocket holes on the inside of your 3/4 cabinet to hide them. I see many others do this on the outside. I was trying to do inside but my screw tips are poking through. Did you set your drill guide to 1/2 instead of 3/4 or just below the 3/4 setting?

  26. SIE44TAR on September 12, 2022 at 1:55 am

    1:58 "I know this is barbaric…" lol. I got a good chuckle out of this because I do PLENTY of things like this, down and dirty, with the limited workspace and tools I have. All the while the optimist thinking "maybe someday I’ll have…"

  27. Ibrahim Saleh on September 12, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Pocket screws from the inside going down to the base board it doesn’t seem like a great idea!

  28. Mark Chilluffo on September 12, 2022 at 1:57 am


  29. David Blank on September 12, 2022 at 1:58 am

    this was super helpful. Making some bedside tables and was dreading messing up the drawers – this was a huge help thanks!

  30. Alex Mlieczko on September 12, 2022 at 1:58 am

    You can also multiply the decimal by 16 to get your fraction! Thanks for the video!

  31. VM on September 12, 2022 at 2:01 am

    I love you man, so pleasant to watch. it is like meditation, just beautiful work, very nice

  32. William Lewis on September 12, 2022 at 2:06 am

    nicely done sir bravo

  33. DGB on September 12, 2022 at 2:06 am

    I have lost count of how many draw making videos that I have viewed. Your video is a cut above the rest from the video through to the plans. I have made draws and they look shit. Now I’m going to make them again with your added Help. Thank you from down under mate.

  34. Loren Nestman on September 12, 2022 at 2:06 am

    How do you figure out the jig spacers hight for each drawer? Also where can I get that chart?

  35. KwynM on September 12, 2022 at 2:07 am

    I assume you can use a router table for the capture draw bottom dado right 🤔

  36. Jintaro Kensei on September 12, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Thanx man

  37. Rich Wallace on September 12, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Michael, where did you find your sketch Pad? I’ve been trying to find the size of pad with the dots. silly I know. Great video.

  38. Greg Steel on September 12, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Fuck me mate, trying to listen with a British ear hearing 32nds and 27 7/8ths! I love your cabinetry but my brain is frazzled.

  39. cameron wratt on September 12, 2022 at 2:09 am

    I’m from New Zealand, and I’m so glad I am purely because we use the metric system.

  40. Covis KK on September 12, 2022 at 2:11 am

    You are a clever fella.
    The 3 x 2" top draws. I like the idea of extended rails to stop draw falling out. You could put Spring loaded locator pins on side railings which you can reach and release if you need to take draw out fully.
    When you pronounce "Rebate" though it sounds like "Rabbit"…. Australia here we say ….Re Bait.

  41. MAGA MAN on September 12, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Those drawer pulls look like crap offset that. They should be centered.

  42. Mike Calhoun on September 12, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Backtail Studio will not be happy LOL Great video

  43. SuperNova on September 12, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Super efficient editing which made for a really concise video. Thanks, lots of good info in this one.

  44. Violet Town Micro Enterprises on September 12, 2022 at 2:14 am

    nah… instead of looking like a labour of love, it looked like a cold steel rail and given that I’ve seen what your capable of when you create from wood, I guess I was a tad disapointed. Also, it sounds like Ashley is quite creative too and you know creativity is enhanced and inspired by having a beautiful space to work within, even if its only the size of a matchbox. Sorry Michael. 6/10.

  45. Jens Vanhoof on September 12, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Great video, thanks a lot! I’m noticing that you don’t wait for your miter saw to stop spinning when lifting the blade up. You are of course a pro, but for any less experienced builder out there, it would be highly recommended to wait for the blade to come to a full stop before raising it again – this is especially true when using a stopblock, since you could get a pretty scary kickback.

  46. L J on September 12, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Do you have a video for your pocket hole jog box that you show in this video?

  47. Simon Neeper on September 12, 2022 at 2:15 am

    stopped at 1:10 because this is exactly what i do as well because it helps me visualize it! (and i like drawing, so any chance i get with a new project i’ll make it look nice haha)

  48. Paul Wilson on September 12, 2022 at 2:16 am

    Drinking straw! Why didnt i think of that?!

  49. Brewslee on September 12, 2022 at 2:19 am

    yep.. mm is easier..

  50. Mou Davis on September 12, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Michael thanks for the tip on the Handi-shims, they are great! when cutting wood I use the 1/8 shim to prevent the wood from pinching the blade. The shims also beat using coins when spacing drawers. Love your videos!!