Some of the requirements I have for the drawer cabinets in general:
- modular. The ability to remove a cabinet for future modification and/or replacement without tearing out/cutting up any of the surrounding structures.
- space. maximize drawer sizes to maximize storage.
- simple(er) construction. No dovetails, or fancy joints that take a lot of practice, time, and special tools to get "right". While I can appreciate those things, and would not mind learning, I would rather spend the time on other boat building tasks.
- no special tools. I want to use the tools that I already have.
- use standard off-the-shelf drawer hardware
So, here is what the first iteration produced...
|Drawers installed. Drawer faces and face frame ready for installation.|
|Drawer faces installed. Added a couple latches.|
|And done! (sorta)|
As I said, this is only a test. And while I am generally happy with how this went, I did hit a couple snags that will require this to be redone:
- drawer faces as slightly too narrow. The drawer runners rub against the face frame when you open the drawer. The faces need to be widened by about a quarter inch.
- The latches need to be lowered by about a quarter inch. There is not enough gap to mount the latch strike plates on the inside.
- The drawers cannot be removed when the face frame is installed. The type of drawer runners used require the drawer to be opened and tilted to pull the drawer from the runner. As I maximized drawer box sizes, the back of the box collides with the face frame, preventing removal. The solution is to change the box shape and "notch" the top/back corner of the box. As these are 3/4 extension slides, you would never see this notch in normal use.
- The bottom drawer, and the face frame, is about one inch too tall. It is taking up some of the toe-kick space.
In any case, for now, it is nice to have the drawers to store tools, parts and all the bits that accumulate while building the boat. I may use the adjacent drawer space for "round two", learning from this construction, and perhaps, try a different design style.