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  1. Fixing Drawers : How to Make Creaky Drawers Glide

    Don't let sticky drawers frustrate you. Replace worn-out slides with modern ball-bearing drawer slides to make your kitchen or bathroom drawers glide in and out.

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  1. How to Build Under-Cabinet Drawers & Increase Kitchen Storage

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    Gain extra storage space in the kitchen by installing toe-kick drawers under your base cabinets. Just assemble the drawer units in your shop, then slip them under the cabinets and screw them in place.

  2. Drawer Dividers

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    Organize drawers with simple dividers. Use off-the-shelf trim to custom make a system to fit any drawer in an hour.

  3. How to Fix Sticking Wooden Drawers

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    Make stuck drawers open smoothly again with a little paraffin or special nylon tape that lubricates those rubbing, sticky surfaces. It's a 5-minute fix.

  4. DIY Garage Storage: Super Sturdy Drawers

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    Looking for a good way to organize all those tools and supplies kicking around your garage? Check out these heavy-duty DIY garage storage drawers .

  5. How to Loosen Sticking Drawers

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    Dirt, dust and old lubricant (or lack of it) can make drawers hard to open and shut. Cleaning gummed-up guides will help; so does the right lubricant.

  6. 10 Simple Kitchen Cabinet Repairs

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    Tune up your kitchen cabinets and make them look and work like new. Learn quick fixes for banging, misaligned doors, sticky drawers , broken drawer boxes, and other common but annoying kitchen problems.

  7. Garage Storage Projects: Storage Towers With Drawers

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    This adjustable storage system is perfect for organizing all of the odds and ends that clutter up your garage. Customize these towers to fit your needs and you’ll have a tidy garage in no time!

  8. Kitchen Cabinets: 9 Easy Repairs

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    Sometimes, it's the little things that drive us crazy in the kitchen. The loose door knobs, nicked door fronts and slamming drawers . If any of these sound familiar, check out this collection of quick and easy kitchen cabinet repairs. You'll find simple solutions for many of the most common kitchen ...

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Platform Bed with Drawers

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - featured

       The flush paneled sides and lack of drawer pull hardware give this bed a sleek modern look. A tremendous amount of useful storage space is obtained by adding the drawers underneath the bed. I built this bed for my teenage daughter. I bought her a new memory foam mattress that requires a solid ...

  2. Repurpose Drawers - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    If Aunt Mildred's shabby dresser is occupying space that you'd like to reclaim, consider these creative ways to repurpose drawers into unique and useful pieces for today's home.

  3. PIGEON HOLE - MULTI-DRAWER CABINET

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    I know there are plenty of DIYers out there who have been waiting to make a multi- drawer unit or pigeon hole cabinet. This 15- drawer cabinet was recently completed for a client and although it looks difficult, the hardest part is making up all the drawers . The multi- drawer pigeon hole cabinet was d... By: dezine Continue Reading »

  4. How to Free a Stuck or Sticky Drawer

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    FromRon Hazelton's Housecalls - Projects & Tips

    If your home has any older, built-in cabinets or wooden furniture, you may have a problem with sticking drawers . One of the things that can cause a drawer to stick is when too much paint builds up on the side of the drawer . In this case, the side of the drawer rubs up against the cabinet, causing ...

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Install Knobs on Bathroom Vanity Drawers

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    Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows how to install knobs on bathroom vanity drawers .

  2. How to Organize Your Kitchen Drawers

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    Chef Bob Harrison shows how to organize your kitchen drawers .

  3. How to Set a Kitchen Drawer

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    Have you ever wanted to get good at creating space and removing clutter. Well look no further than this tutorial on How To Set A Kitchen Drawer . Follow Videojug's professional experts as they help you through this guide.

  4. How to Organize Your Kitchen Measuring Cups

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    The Family Handyman editor, Elisa Bernick, will show you an easy way to organize your kitchen measuring cups so that they are easy to access. This project will free up room in your kitchen drawers .

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  1. Under Bench Trundle Drawers - Mudroom

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY trundle drawers for under a bench by ana-white.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Thank you so much for all the positiveness surrounding one of our latest projects - a new mudroom for Grandma!  We are glad you loved it as much as we all do too!   We've had a few request to break the drawers down into plans, to make them even easier to build.  And since I'm definitely hoping you build this mudroom too, happy to do that for you today! Drawer plans follow!   XO Ana + Family PS - Check out the wall hook organizer shelf plans here , and the bench tutorial here , and the drawer post here. Materials and Tools Shopping List:  1x8s for the drawer box is what I used, but you could also use 1x6 or 3/4" plywood etc 1/4" plywood for bottom 4 caster wheels (I used 1" tall ones) 1x3s and 1/2" plywood for the drawer face 1-1/4" pocket hole screws to build drawer and drawer face 1-1/4" nails and screws for attaching drawer face 2 handles or knobs Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill circular saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  Cut to fit your dimensions Step 1 The first step is to do a little planning. I measured the space under my bench, and figured out how big to make my drawers . I recommend 1 or 2 drawers , so there's no middle drawer (s). With 1 or 2 drawers , the drawers can follow the wall as they are wheeled in and out. If you are working between walls, measure between walls at front and back - walls are notoriously not square, especially basement walls. Get a depth and height measurement too so you can figure how deep the drawers should be, what size material to make the drawer sides out of, and then how big to make the drawer face. I made my drawers 1/2" smaller than the space to allow a little wiggle room. Consider the height of the caster wheels when you determine how tall the drawer boxes are (I used 1x8s for a 12" high space). Through this plan, I'll be sharing my drawer dimensions, but alter to fit your needs. Step 2 Once you have your drawer size figured, simply build a box out of 1x boards. I used pocket holes, but you could also countersink screws or nail and glue. Step 3 Then add a bottom to the box with nails and glue. For larger drawers , 1/2" or 3/4" plywood might be better. And for especially heavy loads, you may consider adding a 5th center caster wheel for additional support. Step 4 Attach the caster wheels to the base of the drawers . I used these caster wheels. Step 5 I used this tutorial to build the drawer faces - quick and easy! Then with the drawers positioned in place, I attached the drawer faces first from the outside with a couple of finish nails, and then strengthened things up by adding a few screws hidden from the inside of the drawer box. You can check out more details on how I did this here. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

  2. Pull Out Drawers

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    FromAna-White.com

    How to build a pull out drawer for cabinets - tutorial from Ana-White.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Thank you so much for all the likes and pins on the turned leg vanity we just built for the Momplex! Did you get a second to peek inside??? One of my favorite parts of this vanity is the pull out drawers on each side of the sink.  We choose pull out drawers because the cabinet area ended up being so tall and thin, a cabinet shelving area just wouldn't cut it.  But if I made two indvidual drawers , the drawers would have been tiny.   And I love that Mom could put her toothbrush on the top shelf, hair products on the bottom shelf!   This may look complicated, but we were even suprised at how easy it was to build these pull out drawers - read on and I'll show you just how easy and how you can build your own! Step 1 For this to work in a cabinet, the cabinet inside must be: 1. Square. Whenever you work with drawers , since they slide in and out, it's super important that the opening and especially where the slides attach is very square. Otherwise your drawers will slide in cockeyed and jamb. The best advice I can give here is to build meticulously square and use straight wood. If all else fails, you can shim your slides to get them to slide perfectly, but that should be a last resort. 2. Where the drawer slides are going to be mounted (on this cabient, it's the inside of the sides) needs to be flush to the face framing. This is so the drawer slide can slide all the way out without hitting your face framing. You can easily shim this area if needed to bring the slides out flush. 3. For this type of installation, with the side mounted drawer slides for a pull out drawer , it's best to have an opening that is taller than it is wide. Also, you'll need to use your best judgement on how many slides you'll need to support the drawer . 4. Make sure there is plenty of room to install the pull out drawer . You may wish to actually install the pull out drawer slides while you are building if the area is to be closed in and inacessible to a drill. Step 2 Measure the depth of the opening in the cabinet. Purchase full extension drawer slides like the ones shown in this tutorial in a length that suits your cabinet. For us, the opening was about 21". But once I figured in the drawer face of 3/4" thick, I decided to build my pull out boxes 18" overall in length. So I purchased 18" drawer slides. Then measure the height and width of the opening.  Build your pull out drawer 1" smaller in height and width than the opening.  What we did was rip 1/2" plywood to 1" less than the opening, and use it to make the shelves, front and back.  Then we supported the shelves with more 1/2" plywood, this time ripped to 2 1/2" widths.   You could also get away with using dimensional lumber - the pull out drawer does not have to be exactly 1" smaller in width - I just recommend a minimum of 1" smaller in width to give you plenty of clearance with the drawer slides.  So you do have some flexibility on the size of the pull out drawer . With the pull out drawer built, seperate the drawer slides.  Take the cabinet members, and install on the sides of your pull out drawer .  It is crucial that the two slides are installed parallel, so we used a 1x2 block to help guide us in installing the cabinet members. The top drawer slide is screwed to the pull out drawer . And then we replace the cabinet member of the drawer slide, sliding it onto the drawer member of the drawer slide. The top is done. Then the bottom is done, taking great care to make sure the slides are installed on the pull out drawer exactly parallel. We are ready to install the pullout drawers in the vanity cabinet now! Step 3 We planned to leave 1/2" gap around all sides of the pull out drawer , including the bottom. So we used a scrap piece of 1/2" plywood on the bottom of the opening. And then rested the pullout drawer with slides attached on top of it.  This of course ONLY works if you are 100% certain your front/back face framing is perfectly level. We positioned the pullout drawer inset 3/4" for the drawer face to be installed in later steps.  Then we very carefully marked the location of the drawer slides on the inside of the cabinet. And then carefully pulled the drawer out, extending the slides, leaving the cabinet member part of the slides in place.  We carefully matched up the cabinet member parts of the slides with our marks, And then attached the cabinet member slides to the cabinet interior with screws.   We got pretty lucky that our slides slide very nicely, so no fine tuning needed, but most slides come with the ability to adjust to get your slides to slide easily. Step 4 Now for the drawer face -  I held it in place, leaving an even gap around all sides, while the Ram screwed it on from the back. One side done, on to the other! The knobs we choose were designed to work with a 3/4" thick drawer face.  This created an issue because of the pull out drawer added to the thickness of the drawer face.  So we removed one screw of the drawer faces, installed the knobs, and then reinstalled the drawer face in the exact postion. This actually was one of the easiest drawer installations I've ever done.  And we are super proud of how well lined up those drawer faces are when the cabinet is closed! Would you ever guess that much functionality is hidden behind that pretty drawer face? Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. May I Suggest a Finish? Staining Wood Trim One Step Color and Clear Coat Finish - Minwax... Painting White Outdoor Adirondack Projects   1 of 9 ››

  3. 18" Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Base

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    FromAna-White.com

    build your own kitchen cabinets with plans by Ana-White.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  We've been trucking along on kitchen number 2 ... when baby number 2 allows - so things have been a little slow going.  But just in case on your end, things are moving a little faster, I want to keep you supplied with kitchen cabinet plans - at least in all the standard sizes.  You can take a peek at all the kitchen cabinet posts for the Momplex Vanilla Kitchen right here. We didn't have the right spot for a drawer base cabinet (although we really wanted to put one in!) :( so here's hoping you do - plans for an 18" drawer base cabinet follow. XO Ana + Fam PS - Check out this video for building the carcass and this video on building face frames , and this post on installing drawers . IMPORTANT: There are many different cabinet plans on this site - make sure you use the same family of plans if you are building cabinets.  This plan belongs with the Momplex Vanilla Kitchen Cabinet Plans. Materials and Tools Shopping List:  3/4" plywood ripped into strips 22 1/4" long (for sides and shelves) 3/4" plywood scrap from ripping sides and shelves about 3" wide (for top supports) 3/4" plywood ripped into strips 5" long (for base supports - use cheaper plywood here) 1x2s for face frames 1/4" plywood (for backs) 1-1/4" pocket hole screws 3/4" finish nails 3 sets of drawer slides with interior max length of 21-1/2" if attached to top support, 22-1/4" if attached to sides or back plywood (we used metaboxes) Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill jigsaw compound miter saw table saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  CARCASS 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 22 1/4" x 34 1/2" (side panels) 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 22 1/4" x 16" (bottom shelf) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 5" x 16" (bottom supports) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 3 1/2" (can vary) x 16" (top supports) 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 32" x 17 1/2" (back) FACE FRAME 2 - 1x2 @ 27" 2 - 1x2 @ 18" 2 - 1x2 @ 15" DOOR/ DRAWER FACE for FULL OVERLAY (1-1/4") 5 1/2" x 17 1/2" ( drawer face) 11" x 17-1/2" (large drawer faces - you'll need 2) Step 1 Before you begin building - we highly recommend watching this video on making base kitchen cabinets: Start by ripping your plywood down to size - for the side panels, we choose to rip at 22-1/4" wide for a finished cabinet, back to door front of 24". This width can vary - just make sure all of your cabinets are made the same depth. Cut toekicks out with a jigsaw - we made a toekick pattern block and used it to cut out all the sides. Drill 3/4" pocket holes along OUTSIDES of side panels - remember the two panels are in mirror - for attaching face frame in later steps. Step 2 Attach the two base supports to one side panel - pocket holes on side panel are on OUTSIDE. Step 3 Then attach bottom shelf to bottom supports and first side panel. Step 4 Next, attach remaining side panel to bottom supports and shelf. Step 5 Attach top supports to top. Step 6 Add the back with glue and finish nails or staples. Step 7 Build your face frame separately, and then attach to front of cabinet with 3/4" pocket holes. One drawer opening is slightly bigger than the other - this is done on purpose so the drawer facess are the same size, with the bottom 1x2 rail centered between the drawers . Check this video out on building and attaching face frames: Step 8 For our cabinets, we choose to use Metabox drawer slides, but it's really the same process as using standard drawer slides - you can check out how we built drawers here. Build your drawers to fit your openings and drawer slides, and install drawers .  Then attach drawer faces - shown above for full overlay doors/ drawers - to the drawers . Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

  4. 3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

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    FromAna-White.com

    Plans for entryway console by Ana-White.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  Hello DIY Friends! Man, do we ever have a treat for you today!!! My friend  Jaime from That's My Letter  wanted to add more storage to her entryway, so she asked me to draw plans for a console.  She really liked the style of the  Pottery Barn Samantha Console , but needed something taller, and a little more budget friendly.  I think  Jaime  totally "nailed" this one, don't you??? I especially love these drawers with a concealed bottom center mount drawer slide that  Jaime guarantees are a cinch to install! Of course plans follow - but before you check them out, please stop over and  read Jaime's building post and check out lots more photos and details! Thanks Jaime! XO Ana + Fam Materials and Tools Shopping List:  1 sheet of 3/4” plywood cut into 2 strips 8 feet long x 15-3/4” wide, and remaining strip is 14-1/4” wide (for shelves) 1 sheet (4’x8’) 1/4” plywood or paneling for back 5 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long Edge banding on front edge of plywood 1-1/4” pocket hole screws 1-1/4” and 3/4” finish nails 3 - 13” Bottom center mount drawer slides (these slides are recommended) Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill circular saw jigsaw nailer sander Cut List Cut List:  1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 46-1/2” (top) 2 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 35-1/4” (sides) 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 45” (bottom) 1 - 1x4 @ 45" (back support) 3 - 1x2 @ 45” 2 - 1x2 @ 5-3/4” 2 - 1x2 @ 15-3/4” 1 - 1x2 @ 48” 2 - 1x4 @ 15-3/4” 1 - 1x4 @ 48” 1 - 1/4” plywood @ 46-1/2” x 36” DRAWER 6 - 1x4 @ 12” 6 - 1x4 @ 12-1/2” 3 - 1x6 @ 13-3/4” - cut to fit 3 - 1/4" plywood @ 13 1/2" x 12 1/2" SHELVES 2 - 3/4” plywood @ 14-1/4” x 45” (cut 1/4” shorter if using shelf pins) 4 - 1x2 @ 45 Step 1 Start by building the main box for the console. NOTE: It's a good idea to drill 3/4" pocket holes facing forward along underside of bottom shelf for attaching the front footer in later steps. Step 2 Attach back 1x4 (shown with 1x2 but Jaime recommends a 1x4 instead - this is updated in cut list) to give you something to attach drawer slides to. Step 3 Build the front face frame and attach to front of console, inset and flush to front. Step 4 Trim out top edges of top with 1x2s - I recommend cutting these to fit. TIP: For an even nicer finish, consider mitering corners at 45 degrees. Step 5 Attach base boards around bottom. Jaime recommends using a roll of tape for the curved pattern. Step 6 It's always a good idea to build drawer boxes to fit openings and spec with the drawer slides. Adjust to fit as necessary. Step 7 For bottom center mount drawer slides, Jaime recommends adding the last remaining 1x2 on the inside of the front, as shown below, to give you something to attach drawer slides to. Install drawer slides and drawer , with front inset 3/4" to allow for the drawer face to be inset. Jaime provides lots more details here on installing and adjusting bottom center mount drawer slides. Step 8 Attach the drawer faces with an 1/8" gap around all sides to the drawer boxes. Step 9 Attach back with glue and finish nails or staples. Step 10 Trim front of shelves with 1x2s (can be done with pocket holes) and add to inside of console. Shelves can be fixed or adjustable with shelf pin holes. Step 11 Jaime opted to frame out bottom with partitions to fit baskets - get more details here on how she did that. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. May I Suggest a Finish? Vintage Gray/Brown Stain on Pine Easiest Stain Ever with Minwax Stain Cloths Whitewash Stained Finish   1 of 9 ››

  5. Kitchen Cabinet Drawers - Metabox Installation

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    FromAna-White.com

    So what is the most intimidating part of building your own kitchen cabinets?  Apart from the huge scope of the entire project, I'd have to say building and installing easy to use drawers can seem very intimidating.  Kitchen drawers get used dozens of times a day, so you want drawers that are both ...

  6. Daybed with Storage Trundle Drawers

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    FromAna-White.com

    About Project Free plans to build an easy daybed with storage trundle drawers ! Gain tons of storage with this clever design! Author Notes:  We are crazy for traveling two and a half days, some 8,000 miles, to go to my sister's baby shower and spend just 2 and a half days with my sister. Last night ...

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