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Offline EitanS

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Kitchen cabinet drawer sizing
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:58 AM »
Hopefully I can make this clear enough for input!
I'm making frameless base cabinets, 21" deep. 2 bases @ 4' wide, 1 @ 5'. The 4' cabinets have 1 divider making a bank of 28" drawers and ~15". The 5' cabinet has 2 vertical dividers so all drawer widths are ~17". My plan is to make the bottom drawers on all cabinets ~15" deep, the second from the bottom ~10" deep, and the top drawers ~6" deep. This image should help:

I'm going to make drawer boxes (5/8") and apply false fronts with the cutouts (1/2" or 3/4") to bring everything inset and flush with the edges of the front. My question is about sizing the drawer parts and doing and making an efficient cut list to rip everything at once. Does anyone foresee a problem using 6" height on all drawer parts? I'm using Blum Tandem undermount slides. Any input is appreciated!

To clarify: the cabinet on the left is 5' but the layout of the dividers is incorrect (they are evenly spaced). The one on the right is 4' but the drawer parts are shown incorrectly at the full height instead of at 6" as proposed.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 12:01 PM by EitanS »

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Offline John Beauchamp

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Re: Kitchen cabinet drawer sizing
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 02:18 PM »
i'm curious, normally kitchen cabinets are 24 deep not 21. vanities are 21. Not saying you can't do it just not normal. I use 22" drawers and slides for kitchen cabinets. 
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Offline duburban

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Re: Kitchen cabinet drawer sizing
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 09:29 AM »
This is a usage question. It’s not clear on the application of these cabs so it’s hard to know if 6” boxes are going to work well. I do not buy the cut list efficiency issue. If you need taller drawers rip some wider. It’s not like you’re making 100 of these. Pick the size that works best for your usage and make it happen.
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Offline EitanS

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Re: Kitchen cabinet drawer sizing
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 01:26 PM »
yes, these cabinets are going into a newly converted kitchen that is smaller and the client is downsizing so we decided to go a bit narrower. I'm using 18" drawer slides. They won't have any upper cabinets so we will have to cram a fair amount into these drawers. Basically pots and pans in the bottom deeper drawers, dishes/cups/whatnot in the middle, and silverware etc up top.

I do want to streamline the cut list but yes, its only 21 drawers so I can manage. Is it unheard of to use ~6" sides and back, and make the drawer fronts a different height? For example, 15" drawer front with 6" sides? My original intention was to do 6" for all components and then add on a separate false front. (those weird through tenon thingies are lazy sketchup dominos BTW).

Offline travisj

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Re: Kitchen cabinet drawer sizing
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 12:00 AM »
If I’m understanding correctly, all of the sides and the back would be 6”, but the actual drawer depth would be in relation to the false front (6” up to whatever).  My answer would be no.  If you are doing a 9” drawer face and your sides are 6”, it is functionally a 6” drawer.  Think Tupperware containers or dish towels.  Smaller odd shaped pieces would need the extra depth on the sides for support to keep them contained within the drawers.  I think issues would arise with items falling out of the back or over the sides onto the drawer glides.  Pots/pans/crockpots etc... would work on what essentially would be a pullout tray.

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Offline escan

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Re: Kitchen cabinet drawer sizing
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 11:01 AM »
For a kitchen, I would use that set-up for one large appliance per drawer, say a mixer in one, maybe a juicer in another drawer. Or in a kitchen where the client did not want clutter and had plenty of space like an artist in a pied-a-terre.

Personally, I would use up more material and make the deep drawer. People love showing off their custom kitchen features to their friends. [big grin]