How To Build Drawer Boxes – Woodworking Tips

How To Build Drawer Boxes – Woodworking Tips

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In this woodworking video, I show how to make drawer boxes. Or perhaps more accurately, how I make drawer boxes. There are tons of ways you can make drawer boxes. I’m not saying my way is best. It is just a quick and easy way that works for me. This could be a boring topic, so I tried to make it enjoyable to watch. On that note…Hope you enjoy!

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  1. Scott Haun on February 16, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    drawer boxes!

  2. Imran Kabir on February 16, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Recently subscribed to your channel. Liked this video a lot as this is also my preferred method (lazy hobbyist). The only times I deviated from this are when I made the laundry room cabinetry and I used 1" braces to support a half inch thick plywood bottom/base (enough to support laundry detergent weight), or when I used primed particle boards for building closets. For the primed particle boards, I like to use 45-degree joints as I’m lazy and don’t want to have to deal with the exposed particle board edges with veneer strips.

  3. Cravens Boughner on February 16, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    I did it with the Stodoys plans.

  4. ARRUDAWAKENING on February 16, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Profound in the simplest of ways…. Great stuff.

  5. Fathi Mohammed on February 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    i can t find easy way to install drawer fronts and make perfect access without using jigs and kits

  6. Mako on February 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    i like your content and your approach to building/creating! it really shows in how you make these videos as well!

  7. F Vids on February 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Those are called grooves when they run with the grain dados run across the grain

  8. Joe K on February 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    A Cubbies Fan, Subscribed! Oh and for the good videos.

  9. reggieroo02 on February 16, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Very happy that I found your videos today. Love the music and your style of narration.

  10. Suffi Reax on February 16, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I just came for drawer boxes but left questioning my life choices. Those were some serious thoughts my man.

  11. Stack & Tier on February 16, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Clean and simple, love it. What kind of countersink drill bits and screws do you use? The drill bit didn’t seem as long as the screws, haven’t experienced splitting? Thank you.

  12. Zamboni on February 16, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Why not use the 1/4"x1/4"x1/4" method to build your drawer boxes? Also, if you did use this method, then you could insert the bottom in a dado slot…which is part of the 1/4×1/4×1/4 method.

  13. Arne Adam Aelterman on February 16, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Love the humor!

  14. Carisus on February 16, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Having gone through a two year Fine Woodworking course, I agree with just about everything you did here. And yes, the drawer fronts are on correctly and for the reason you stated. The only thing I would disagree with, and this is just my humble opinion, the bottoms should be inset a least a little bit. The majority of pressure comes from the opening and closing of the drawer, items being thrown into it and, as the drawer gets older, the weight of the items on the drawer bottom. I now repair/rebuild old furniture for my beer money. The first thing (and sometimes thing only thing) I usually have to do is replace the drawer bottoms. But I work with heirloom pieces. And the first thing I learned in school, everyone does everything differently.

    Keep up the good work and thanks.

  15. Chandler Ellis on February 16, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Even for bigger boxes would you still use 1/2" plywood? Like say for a double wide dresser?

  16. Dave Strain on February 16, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Nice job Chris!, There is a time and place for "fine" woodworking and picking your battles is exactly what it’s about sometimes… and an aside… I like your editing style, Kudos!

  17. Justin Cucciare on February 16, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    i dig your vibe man.

  18. wfuckyou bfuckyou on February 16, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Chris,I hope you don’t mind me asking, have you ever considered doing a brief shop tour showing your equipment / tools. I have been trying to work out which make/ model saw and joiner you have. I also would really like to get a look at that table saw mitre sled you have with such accurate adjustment.Keep up the fantastic work, I can only imagine the time and effort it must take to distil the narration down to such a point where is comes across so simplified and stripped back. The odd addition of some quality dry wit is not lost either. It frequently makes me laugh.Thanks for all your effort, it really shows.Wayne

  19. Curb Stalker on February 16, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I really really love your videos! I like the narration.

  20. Loren Tracy on February 16, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Do you have any particular drawer slides you use?

  21. cava sinon on February 16, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Hello Chris, stupid questions have to be asked i think, so… Do you nail the bottom to the four sides ?

    Thank you and have a nice day !

  22. Low Waste Oasis on February 16, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I spent hours trying to look for a video like this and then one afternoon I notice it on your channel. Thanks!

  23. krnxemb on February 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I have made one just like that for my son’s drawer 5 years ago. works fine and sturdy still. cool garage workshop!

  24. Romaine Athey on February 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Go to woodprix page if you want to learn how to build it yourself

  25. steenfraosterbro on February 16, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Finally someone who uses torx screws (at least thats what they are called in Denmark).

  26. ricochetme on February 16, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Width is the critical dimension and plywood thickness is not an exact 1/2". Does it makes more sense to cut the front/back pieces to the finished width and cut the sides minus plywood thickness?

  27. Dorian DeCorbenic on February 16, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Ok, so I know this is an old video, but I need to tell you how useful this video is. I’m going to fix up a dresser that I’ve had since I can remember, probably at least when I was 3 or 4. The carcass is reasonably neat, and in decent condition, but the drawers are suffering, and weren’t amazingly built to begin with. I was struggling with finding a good guide to build easy, strong drawers when I remembered this one. You may think this kind of video is silly when you’re making them, but they are super useful.

  28. Chris Hachet on February 16, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    As a hardwood and dovetails guy myself I can honestly say that this is strong enough for most drawers.

  29. Buckie Fairweather on February 16, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    What size screws do you use to join the 1/2 inch plywood?

  30. Jon Vandecar on February 16, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    #6 screws? #8 seems too big for 1/2”

  31. Ivan Carrejo on February 16, 2022 at 11:11 pm miyagi in the house!!.. good job..

  32. Marty Rose on February 16, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I really appreciate this as I’m in the process of restoring a 30+ year old rv. I can tell you for certain that there is a place in this world for drawers without dovetails as I currently have a perfect example sitting in my driveway! 🙂 Thanks! I enjoyed this and it was very helpful.

  33. Shasta Kennon on February 16, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I checked a lot of handbooks with woodworking plans. Instructions from woodprix are the best I think.

  34. Josh Bass Hard Wood on February 16, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    What is the material on the drawer bottom? Looks like ply when you are cutting it, but the side close up looks like hardboard/MDF.

  35. Bored User on February 16, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Is this about Drawer Boxes?..

  36. Henk van Wyngaardt on February 16, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Time indeed is an extremely limited currency! I love your vids man! Keep it up!

  37. Allan Docater on February 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    You should visit woodprix website if you would like to make it by yourself I think.

  38. daisy3690 on February 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    ill try it ty for sharing

  39. hondatek614 on February 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    I like most of your general designs from an aesthetic standpoint…but your dialogue is just all fluff, hard to listen to without feeling a visceral response on slow boil. are you just advertising your work and endlessly plugging social media?

     "pick your battles"….pick my nose and find videos that discuss more of the technical points of wood working rather than watch your play with all your fancy tools and pontificate about fluffy concepts. charmin soft. baby thighs.

  40. Michael Vigo on February 16, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Dude. Thank you. This was super beneficial to me.

  41. Andrew Robertson on February 16, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    i like this way!!!

  42. Abdulrahman Al Zahrani on February 16, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Great video. I have just made one. Thank you so much.

  43. Jake N on February 16, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    We played a drinking game called drawer boxes.

  44. Artem Lebedev on February 16, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Hi fellows. I think you need to take some time and take a fast tour on woodprix website to learn how to make it.

  45. Geoff Dawson on February 16, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Chris, I really appreciate the sentiments of this video (or more correctly the narrative..). It is easy (for me) to feel somewhat inadequate in terms of one’s work when one doesn’t do dovetail joint for drawer boxes, but I know that I am more pragmatist than artisan..

    I really respect your eye for design, and that design is in my eyes much more valuable than the execution of a specific joint style.

    I get that the elaborate joints were developed to overcome a limitation of technologies that are no longer as relevant to us as they were to past generations of woodworkers.. glues have evolved significantly, as have fasteners. I say embrace them and use them to build great design.. but clearly you already heard that from someone else (or your inner voice..). I love your work, watching from over here in New Zealand..

  46. GingerSnap911 on February 16, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I’m sure this may have been a good video but I will never know. 18 seconds in and I couldn’t handle how annoying the video is…

  47. Sagich Nich on February 16, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Drawer Boxes!…haha you got me there already!

  48. Tom Nixon on February 16, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Great video. Thanks. How do you decide how tall to make each drawer? I notice some of your pieces have big gaps between drawers vertically. Thanks.

  49. Walipai Coulter on February 16, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Very Helpful! Thank you!

  50. Mr. Dan on February 16, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I gained some respect for you with this simplicity.