With our recent war on clutter it was only a matter of time before we tackled this cabinet. It’s a fairly large (the largest we have in the trailer), but we’ve always used it as a catch-all. It’s really been a large junk drawer since we finished out renovations. Well, the days of clutter are coming to an end and this cabinet is the latest victim.
We had a few options when it came to reclaiming this space. We knew it needed to be divided to make use of the height, but since the cabinet is 24″ deep I didn’t want to squat and reach to the back of shelves. I also knew that if I was going to make drawers I could weasel a new tool out of the deal and I’ve been eying up a Kreg Pocket Hole jig for a while now.
After measuring the space and carefully researching drawer slides, I quickly proceeded to order the wrong drawer slide. My plans were to make these push to open drawers, but I didn’t want to wait for new ones which means we now have plain old drawer slides. Unfortunately, like most of my other projects, this wasn’t going to be my only mistake.
Building the drawers was the easy part. Make a 14 1/2″x22″ box with a bottom. Oh yeah, and make it out of plywood with nice smooth edges. The Kreg jig was awesome and it made assembling the drawers a breeze. I was going to skip the right angle clamp and used clamps, but it made assembly go so much quicker than if I was trying to use bar clamps.
So, here’s where mistake # 2 comes in. This one’s really not my doing, but I should have known better. Never buy hardwood plywood from a home improvement store. The veneer is thin, barely glued to the core, and the core just has a ton of voids in it. Lesson learned, buy lumber from a lumber yard and avoid all the extra work trying to fix a bad product.
I’m not going to go into all the build details, but here’s our video that will show you how we did it.
Now that I have my new Kreg jig, I must say that everything is starting to look like it needs some pocket holes. I have a few more projects lined up to use this tool on.
If you have any storage ideas that are working for you leave them down below. We’d love to hear them.