Wood Pull Out Drawers

Submitted by houquilter on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 17:56

I bought my home a few years ago. The only thing about my bathroom I didn't like was the lack of storage. The cabinet only had one drawer with a panel below covering a large empty wasted space. I was told by 2 cabinet makers that I would need to replace my bathroom cabinets, but when I saw Ana's success, I thought "I can do this".

My woodworking experience is pretty limited, so things took a little longer than I would have preferred. The first weekend was spent popping the panel and building the shelf out of plywood & luan for the drawer bottom (thank you Home Depot cull section). The second weekend was spent making the drawers using a pocket jig and installing them into the cabinet. You WILL need a 90 degree clamp to assemble drawers, trust me. Third weekend was spent making the drawer fronts and staining them. I had never used a router so I practiced on every piece of scrap I could lay hands on. Since the cabinets were older and not made of solid wood, I had to play with the stains to ge the formula right; remember the scrap wood? It's baaack. The fourth weekend was spent pulling everything together.

When I show my family what I did, they look at me in disbelief. I know they're just drawers, but this is proof that I can make real changes to my home that has long lasting benefits. The bathroom still has a long way to go, but I know now that I don't have to hire someone to do it all.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Mixture of Golden Oak and Cherry by Minwax
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 03/14/2012 - 19:02

We will never know what we are capable of unless we try - bravo for you; good job.


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:59

This project was such a boost. I still happy dance when I see it sometimes.


Wed, 03/14/2012 - 19:14

Love the routed edges! It gives it a very polished finishing touch!

We must have had the same bathroom builder because I have that same single drawer with empty space underneath.


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:50

Thanks! I had never used a router before so I must have gone through every piece of scrap wood I could find. I even cut down the scrap wood so I could get a new straight edge.


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 07:57

Don't you just love it when you prove the "experts" wrong? Good for you and great job!


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:57

I took pictures and showed them to the men I bought the lumber from when I finally finished, to show them how the project turned out. It may have freaked them out a little to have a crazy woman run up with her cell phone, but they were happy for me.

When I showed one of the people who recommended the cabinet makers (the one's who told me what I wanted was impossible) what I had done, they just rolled their eyes at me. Pssh, experts. Deep down, he was impressed. Really deep down;)


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 09:51

Just a question. Did you consider/try to use the wood from the panel you removed for the drawer fronts instead of using something new and having to try and finish it?


Thu, 03/15/2012 - 10:48

I thought about that, but it was basically luan with a "wood like" veneer attached to it, so it was about 1/4" thick, and the original drawer front was made from 1" stock.