What it takes to build our drawer boxes

We start with birch plywood … 5/8″ thick for regular sized drawers or 3/4″ when it comes to larger / extra wide drawers.

The bottoms, fronts / backs & sides are then cut to size on the sliding panel saw to the nearest 0.5mm.

The backs/fronts & sides are then edge-banded using 2mm thick Hardrock Maple PVC edging.

Felder automated edgebanding machine … glues, trims & buffs the edgebanding in one swift 10 second process

The parts are then marked using a template & machined for the Festool domino tenons.

Beach tenons glued in various locations to provide a strong joint between the drawer box parts

Once the tenons are glued in position in the base, the assembly starts … we use the Festool vacuum clamp as an efficient way to hold the base while the front, back & sides are installed in position . This allows the whole assembly to be rotated, even when working with heavy 48″ wide drawer boxes as shown in this example.

As well as the beach tenons, the sides are also screwed to the front / back & sides. Caps are then placed over these screw holes for a clean finished look.

After the above step we now have a fully assembled drawer box … they are typically clamped for 30 minutes to allow the fast acting wood glue to take effect.

The next step is to give the surfaces a light sand with 400 grit & then it’s off to the spray booth for a clear coat protective later.

Protective clear coat water based finish applied

The drawer box is now ready for mounting of the appropriate drawer slides and installation in the cabinet … which typically we would do on site or ship separately as a cabinet with drawers pre-installed before shipping will weigh too much to easily ship & move in to position.

This was a quick insight in to what steps we take to ensure our drawer boxes are built for the long haul!!