Building Drawers: Understand Options for Drawer Joints, Mounting Methods and Fronts

There are three main elements to the anatomy of a drawer. Understanding them is the secret to building drawers that glide smoothly, hold their weight and never jam.

Parts of a Set of Drawers
1. Drawer Slide: Sits in groove routed in drawer side; screwed to carcase side panel. 2. Bottom Panel: Typically 1/4-inch plywood; fits in groove routed in drawer sides and front. 3. Drawer Side: Joined to front and back with any of a variety of joints; groove shown meshes with drawer slide. 4. Drawer Back. 5. Drawer Front: Typically thicker than sides, back and bottom; may be covered by a false front.
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