Drawer Insert

I have to say, one thing that really bugs me is the tiny drawers you typically find in bathroom vanities.  I mean, I’m a guy and I don’t have very much stuff at all in there and it’s always a cluttered mess and a pain to find stuff.  No matter what house we’ve lived in, it seems that the people who make vanities love to torture people.

So, I decided to do something about it.  I got the idea from an article I read online sometime last year and filed away in my mind…and from the little drawers that I nested in the medal chest I made for my mom.  It’s simple really—two rails support an open box. All I did was make the rails the full length of the drawer, and half as high.  Then I made the box half as deep as the drawer and half as tall.

The drawer measured 19″ long, 7 15/16″ wide and 3″ deep.  So my rails are (1/4″ aspen) 19″ long and 1.5″ high.  The box itself is (again that 1/4″ aspen) 1.5″ tall, 7 3/4″ wide and 9″ long.  Now I can put frequently used stuff in the box and slide it over stuff in the back of the drawer to get to frequently used stuff in the bottom of the front of the drawer.

It’s very simply constructed, just butt joint the sides together and nail, then cut out a 1/8″ thick piece of plywood to fit the bottom, clamp and nail around the edges.  I hit it with the Nice Ash block plane and smoothed out all the corners until it felt comfortable in the hand.  With the light stuff going in it, I wasn’t worried about structural strength at all.  Besides, the bottom stretches across the entire drawer and rests on both rails, so it’s not like something can fall through.  As an added bonus I got to use the little ball peen hammer I resurrected from the family tool chest!  Although all the vinegar I used to remove the rust has made the handle a bit…off.  It feels tacky in the hand and just not nice.  So I think it needs to go.  Another project!  Ah….but back to the one at hand…

Confused?  Here’s some pics.

Below is a shot of the drawer with just the rails installed:IMAG3301

Next I place the little insert in and….

IMAG3302Whaddya know, it holds the big bulky stuff that was usually in the back and making a mess out of everything else.  But, with the flick of a wrist, the drawer slides to the back and I can still get to the other stuff I normally use:IMAG3303

As you can see from the pics above, I still need to attach the rails to the sides of the drawer—I have tiny little nails for that, shouldn’t take more than 3 per side I think.  I hit the rails (and all the parts, actually) with the hand planes before installation so everything is nice and glassy smooth and square.

Once I put some wax on the rails the little drawer will really glide (it already does, but it should work even better with wax).  I think, start to finish, this project took about an hour.

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About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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One Response to Drawer Insert

  1. Paul says:

    My wife saw these & guess what I’ll be doing this weekend!

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