Step 2: BUILD THE DRAWER

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Subtract 1 ½ inches from the shelf's width and from its depth to determine the dimensions of the shelf bottom. Cut the bottom from ¾-inch birch plywood, using a circular saw.

Next, using a power or hand miter saw, cut the four 1x3s for the frame to length. The side pieces should be the same length as the plywood bottom front to back; the front and back pieces should be 1 ½ inches longer so they can cover the side pieces.

Clamp the side pieces and back piece to the plywood bottom; the bottom edges of the 1x3s and the plywood should be flush. Using a combination countersink bit, drill pilot holes for the screws through the 1x3s and into the plywood every 8 to 10 inches. Also drill two holes through each end of the back piece where it will overlap its side piece.

Fasten the side pieces to the bottom with glue and 15/8-inch drywall screws. Then glue and screw the back frame piece to the plywood bottom and into the attached sides.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Power miter saw or backsaw with miter box,
      used to crosscut 1x3s
    • circular saw
      Portable circular saw,
      for cutting plywood
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Drill-driver with Phillips screwdriver tip
    • Countersink bit
      Combination countersink bit,
      used to bore screw-pilot holes
    • spade bit
      1/2-inch spade bit,
      for drilling counterbore holes for wood buttons
    • combination square
      Combination square,
      for marking square cut lines on 1x3s
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamp or pipe clamp,
      for assembling the drawer
    • Whisk Broom
      Whisk broom

    Shopping List

    1. PINE 1X3's

    Shelf frame



    2. 3/4-INCH BIRCH PLYWOOD

    for shelf bottom; 1/2-inch if using a dado



    3. 120-GRIT AND 180-GRIT SANDPAPER

    4. 1 1/4-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    for attaching the cleats to cabinet



    5. 22-IN. FULL-EXTENSION DRAWER SLIDES

    about $20 per pair



    6. SPRAY LACQUER

    7. DUAL-CARTRIDGE RESPIRATOR

    worn when spraying lacquer



    8. WOOD BUTTONS

    to conceal screw heads.



    9. 1 5/8-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    for shelf assembly



    10. CARPENTER'S GLUE

    11. MASONITE OR CARDBOARD SHIMS

    12. TACK RAG OR COTTON CLOTH

    13. GOGGLES