Easy DIY Drawers with Pocket Screws | How to Make

Easy DIY Drawers with Pocket Screws | How to Make

How to make drawers for any cabinet or other woodworking project where you need storage. These DIY drawers are easy to build with pocket hole joinery. And I’ll show you two methods for how to make a drawer bottom, one simple and easy and the other with a table saw. You can make plywood drawers or solid wood drawers using these tips.

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  1. RonnygoBOOM on April 25, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    I went to Lowe’s and they have like 10 different kinds of plywood. What kind and size do I get and why?

  2. nixnix99 on April 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    How ridiculous is the imperial system

  3. P on April 25, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    It’s all well and good when you own and have space for a table saw. Most of these projects are just impossible to do without a table saw for percise cuts on sheets

  4. Grumpy718 on April 25, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Good video im learning alot from you thank you very much.. I was trying to make a drawer from 1×4s but it didn’t work out cuz they weren’t straight. I got 3/4 in plywood , how and what do you think I can do with that

  5. Abrolaful on April 25, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Easy DIY drawers with thousands of dollars worth of equipment…

    Seriously this is a really bad video.. how much did that table saw even cost? My mitre saw is a beginner model with no stop block adjustment… There are so many better videos on youtube.

  6. Brian Belliveau on April 25, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Nicely done I have the Masca pocket hole jig it’s nice to

  7. Jess Coombs on April 25, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    A massive thank you for this tutorial! I am a total novice at woodworking and now have 2 lovely drawer boxes to transform my table into a proper desk. Over the moon!

  8. ToTo on April 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Can I use Pocket Screws inside the drawer other than outside?

  9. Matt Keenan on April 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Great video. Thanks for the info

  10. Brian Braynen on April 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    What was the height of open space under the 2 top drawers,how did you determine the size of each drawers and face

  11. Cameron Belt on April 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    god a I hate imperial units

  12. Peter on April 25, 2022 at 6:42 pm


  13. ftnirish74 on April 25, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Great video. I’ve viewed it probably 10 times to make sure my project drawers are good. Do you find the pocket screws without glue work best? I’m trying to make my process more efficient and gluing seems to be adding time. Thanks.

  14. Sean Kelly on April 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    What mm is the ply you use? I want to make drawers with 12mm ply with pocket hole joinery Cheers Sean kelly

  15. GrumpyWiseGuy on April 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    At 8:15, what would you do if the drawer was NOT square? No one ever talks about what happens when for whatever reason, the drawer/cabinet/box is NOT square. All the woodworkers on YTube always seem to have a perfect square result no matter what. Well, out in the real world, that just isn’t the case.

  16. Eric Mathison on April 25, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Are you still using 3/4 for your drawers or have you swapped over to 1/2 or even 5/8? I kind of feel 3/4 sides seem really bulky, especially for a dresser or desk. I’d love to get your opinion. Thanks

  17. Polotov on April 25, 2022 at 6:50 pm


  18. Good morning beautiful humans on April 25, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Did you say heighth?

  19. Bill Parrish on April 25, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    One very useful tip I ran across years ago, if you want an easily-replaceable bottom without taking time to cut a floating groove, is to just cut thin strips, enough to fit full-length all the way around the inside of the 4 sides, and glue/brad those in place as a permanent ledge. Once the glue dries, the bottom can be dropped in and brad-nailed in place (1 at each side is fine) to attach, and allow for easy removal.

  20. Donna Harrell on April 25, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Great video. I love your content. I noticed your miter saw extentions. I’d like a tutorial or a closer look. I’m a wanta be carpenter.

  21. carlie butler on April 25, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Is there a way for me to make the large drawer without a table saw???

  22. Techno Tard on April 25, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    With time I realized that cupboard drawers like those had no business being in 3/4. I went 1/2 for that.

  23. Chandler Katehis on April 25, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I just found your whole channel and I’m happy I did. IKEA is about the extent of my background in assembling drawers so it’s not saying much. One minor difference is that they have their rails on the bottom and I see in all of your videos they’re somewhere on the side. Do you find the drawers to be stronger with the rails in the middle or is that just because of your method of lining them all up? Thanks again for the good content!

  24. pt eddie on April 25, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Nice looking drawers, Brad. Thanks for the video.

  25. TheDradge on April 25, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Why did you cut the back and the front in the grooved drawer? Surely you only needed to do the front or back but not both. You would have the bottom slid into 2 sides and the front (or back) and it would be a lot stronger. The drawer face could lock the bottom in place and would automatically stop it from sliding out. No fixing would be necessary.

  26. Christopher DuCasse on April 25, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Nice tutorial. Thanks!

  27. Frank Batusic on April 25, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Brad, great video. Can you tell me where you got the stop guide for your miter saw?

  28. Marco I on April 25, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    It sucks when you read titles saying "Easy DIY" and then proceeds by using industrial tools.

  29. Shihan Rick Senior on April 25, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    This is a rookie beginner question. I need to make a sliding drawer that is large I don’t have anyway to make a diado. Would brad nailes and glue suffice?

  30. Andy Jones on April 25, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Awesome video.

  31. TheDradge on April 25, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Great work as always. One question though: why not groove the front so you have 3 sides grooved on the replaceable bottom version? That would be stronger and simpler in screwing the base just on the drawer back.

  32. Ragnar-The-Viking on April 25, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Outstanding video. Great job Brad!

  33. Fix This Build That on April 25, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    If you liked the video and want to learn how to install drawer slides check out my DIY Base Cabinet video where I show it in detail! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cRZJ6P4grQ

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  34. Mountain Man63 on April 25, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for showing your "trick" for determining the correct width for the front & back panels of the draws!!!! My funds are really limited & only with that I had remembered watching this video & your trick before I made one of my drawers for my drill press stand/cart!! Oh, well ill just put in with wooden slides/supports instead of drawer slides. But, again THANK YOU for sharing your experience and knowledge with us!!

  35. Swapnil Bhartiya on April 25, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    3/4 is too thick for such small drawers.

  36. Jonathan Brazeau on April 25, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    nice work man, thanks for sharing, so pocket holes are great for 5/8" sheet+, but what if you have a little dinky drawer that just needs super thin wood?? glue and staples or finish nails?

  37. Shopper M on April 25, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    i wonder how many DIYers have a table saw lying around and do prof carpenters really need to know how to make a simple drawer ? Who is this video for ?

  38. michellebwilson on April 25, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Watched several vids on drawer making and found this the simplest for a beginner without a lot of fancy equipment, plus it was quick and concise, thanks for that.

    In making my drawers, I decided to cut off the kerf only on the back, rather than back and front as was shown. This way the drawer bottom can act as a self-jig in keeping three drawer sides square which was helpful in my case as I don’t own corner clamps.

    Do use panhead screws on the bottom as Brad suggests. If you were to bore countersinks into a thin 1/4" bottom panel, if the drawer is heavily loaded in use the screws could pop thru the very small amount of remaining wood.

  39. Erica Williams on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    So happy I came across this , currently need to build 16 draws and could not figure out what I’ve don’t wrong !!! Well duh didn’t take into consideration to include the draw sides !

  40. Dave Mac on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    excellent video

  41. icedutah on April 25, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    any reason for not gluing the front and sides?

  42. Ruger19 on April 25, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    This might be a stupid question, but I’m new to this. Everybody always says to check to make sure it’s square, but nobody ever says how to fix it if it isn’t square. So my question is, how do you make it square if it isn’t?

  43. fireworxz on April 25, 2022 at 7:15 pm


  44. david serrano on April 25, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Buildt some drawers using this method today and came out beautifully 👍👍👍 great video thanks for sharing

  45. Joe Abad on April 25, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Nice presentation..
    Thanks for sharing

  46. Seann Alexander on April 25, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    bro, your tape measure is boss.

  47. Jackson Oswald on April 25, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Got dang dude, your videos have some so far! thanks again for the great content.

  48. aubreyaub on April 25, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    This is a video on "How to make scrap wood".

  49. Not Pinhead on April 25, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    wait so why make the height of the drawer 1" less than the height of the space?

  50. 137 on April 25, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Brad,
    Really enjoy your videos and find them very educational.
    Just had a question about the spacers, can’t quite understand that part.
    Please elaborate.
    Thank You!