Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Doors and Drawers

By David Thiel
Pages: 45-52

From the April 2006 issue #154
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Casework, by its very nature, exists for storage. That storage can range from china to rare books, or simply be a place for your children to store their puzzles or you to file your bills. Regardless of the ultimate purpose, casework storage frequently requires hiding the stored materials from view for aesthetics or need. That aesthetic leads us to the topic of this chapter: doors and drawers.

If a cabinet is shallow in depth, simple shelving is a practical method of storage. By adding doors to some or all of the storage areas in the cabinet, the storage is kept tidy to the casual view even if things inside the cabinet are anything but orderly.

If a cabinet is deeper it offers a greater capacity for storage, but the depth makes it diffi cult to access items
that are stored (or accidentally pushed) to the rear of the cabinet. This is when drawers can be valuable. They allow you to store items the full depth (and height) of the cabinet in a tidy fashion, but still allow access to everything with little fuss. Yes, building drawers does complicate the case construction process, but there’s little doubt that the extra work is worth the effort.

From the April 2006 issue #154
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