Build Your Own Office - Narrow File Drawer Base Unit

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:18
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Adding a drawer to the Open Base Plan for the Modular Office Collection can create tidy opportunities for your home office. This plan is for a file cabinet sized drawer, but there is no reason why you can create drawers of any size, as Eric did.

Special thanks to Eric R for sharing his amazing photos.

Dimensions
Fits the Narrow Open Base

Preparation

Shopping List

In addition to the supplies and tools needed for the base unit, you will need:
1 – 1×10
1 – 1×12 (you will only need about 3′)
2 – Under or side mount drawer slides, 12″ long
26″ of 1×16 boards

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

For 2 Drawers, you will need to cut
2 – 1×16 @ 13 1/2″ (Drawer Bottoms)
2 – 1×10 @ 15 1/2″ (Drawer Backs)
4 – 1×10 @ 14 1/4″ (Drawer Sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 17 3/4″ (Drawer Faces)

Cutting Instructions

The drawer faces are 1x12s, measuring a given 11 1/2" wide. If your 1x12s are a different width, adjust the overall height of your project to leave 1/8" gap around the door faces.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Composition is shown above for the base unit. You can find the plan for the Modular Open Base Shelf here.

Step 2

Drawer Bottom and Back. Fasten the drawer back to the drawer bottom as shown above.

Step 3

Drawer Sides. Fasten the drawer sides to the drawer back and bottom, as shown above.

Step 4

Drawer Slides. Fit the drawer into the drawer slides, remembering that the face will sit flush with the outsides of the sides. The drawer without the face will be inset 3/4″

Step 5

Comments

Karla (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:23

You are most correct, Ana. Details, details, details... :) I can't wait for spring so I can start building...no garage, in Alaska...so I must wait. :(

brandi (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:41

Ana, what would I need to do to make those drawers capable of holding files? Is there hardware that can be purchased and installed?

tawna (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 10:02

I am in total agreement that the hardware can make an item. (i LOVE your site, btw...)

question: has anyone had any luck finding hardware like the beloved PB's? I LOVE the hinged pulls and the label holders...

There are so many of us out there building and itching to build using your fabulous plans- and the hardware is KEY to top it off! Is there anyway of creating a page/section where viewers can post pics of their hardware as well as where they found it?

THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your work!!

Yolanda (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:19

Re: drawer pulls

I love working my google muscle to find things, but I found it VERY hard to locate a high-polished nickel drop pull like the Pottery Barn ones. But here are a few possibilities for people who are looking. I used the search terms "bail pull” and “drop pull”.

Satin Chrome Cabinet pull—
http://www.rensup.com/Cabinet-Pulls/97189.htm

Classic Hardware Card Holder Pull—
http://www.decorisland.com/product/classic-hardware/100289-03/classic-h…

Mission Style Drop Pull — http://www.nextag.com/Avante-Hardware-62076AB-Antique-524748138/prices-…

Hardware Resources Matte Black Pull—
http://www.decorglamour.com/hardware-resources-r1011mb.html

Rae (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:21

I'm mistaken, I think a minor error in math on the shopping list. The shopping list says 26" of a 1x16 but the cut list says 2 - 1x16 and cut them into 13.5" pieces. that's 27" inches of 1x16 (13.5 x 2).

Love this collection, that will probably be my 2nd project once I make my bunk beds :) Thanks!

Sona Jacob (not verified)

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 19:13

HI!

Very neat!!

What software do you use to create the initial view? Of all the units put together?

Sona