What Is a Drawer Box?

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What Is a Drawer Box?

A drawer box is a simple assembly of two sides, a front and back, and a bottom. It’s often made from solid wood.

Drawer boxes come in many different sizes, from tiny to huge. It’s important to know how to measure them so you can order the right size for your project.


A drawer box is a small box that fits in the bottom of a cabinet. It holds the drawers and helps keep them from falling out of the cabinet when it is open. It can be made from wood, metal or even plastic. It should be deep enough to accommodate the contents of the drawer, but not so deep that it takes up too much space in the cabinet.

If you are building a drawer box from scratch, start with the measurements of your cabinet. This includes the width of the opening, the depth and the thickness of the slides that you will use to move the drawers.

The height of a drawer box is also important to consider. It should be a minimum of 2 inches above the drawer face to allow room for the overlay and undermount slides. This will depend on whether the drawer face is inset or overlaid, and how thick the overlay is.

One of the most common sizes for a drawer box is 5 1/2″ high and 15″ wide. This will fit most base cabinets, but you can adjust the size to match your own needs.

Plywood is a popular choice for drawer boxes, and it’s strong and stable. It’s less expensive than solid-wood drawers, and it retains its shape well.

Once you have the measurements, cut out a piece of 1/4″ plywood to size and fit it into the groove in the top and sides of the drawer box. Make sure it fits tightly, but not so tight that it won’t slide into the groove easily.

Repeat this process with all of the drawer pieces. Once you drawer box have a good fit, attach them together with wood glue and nails or countersunk screws. You can also add pocket holes to the front and back, but it’s optional.

When you’re finished, you can use a wood stain to finish the drawer box. It’s best to choose a color that complements the cabinet.

It’s important to know how to build a drawer box before you start, because it can be challenging to get it right. There are many ways to go about it, from basic joinery to dovetails and lock rabbets.


When building a drawer box, it’s important to choose the right material. There are several options available, including wood, melamine and metal. The best materials will be dimensionally stable, durable and easy to work with.

One of the most common materials used in cabinet construction is plywood. It’s made up of thin layers of wood flitches, stacked in opposing directions and bonded together with adhesive. This type of wood is more durable than particle board and is often topped with a decorative veneer to add a finished appearance.

Another popular material is galvanized sheet metal. This material is inexpensive, dimensionally stable and durable. It is also lightweight and easily installed without tools.

A disadvantage to using this material is that it tends to expand and contract with humidity fluctuations, making it prone to bowing or rattling. If you want to avoid this, you can change the building method slightly and use a nailed-on bottom instead of a glued-on one.

For the sides of a drawer, you can use a solid hardwood or a less expensive “secondary” wood. This will allow you to match the wood color to the face of the cabinet and provide a more uniform look when the drawers are opened.

You can also use a contrasting wood for the sides of your drawers. This can be a stylistic choice and can help highlight the craftsmanship and joinery in your cabinets.

If you’re using this method, make sure to cut the sides of your drawers exactly the same length. This will keep your drawers square and prevent problems later on.

In addition, it’s important to make the front and back pieces of the drawer box equal in length. This will allow them to fit into the cabinet opening with ease.

A drawer box is an important part of any cabinet project, and it should be built with a lot of care. It should be as sturdy as possible, but it also needs to look attractive. It should complement the rest of the cabinet and not clash with the style. You should also make sure that all measurements are correct, as any errors can lead to a wrong-fitting drawer and a non-returnable product.


Whether you’re building a new kitchen or replacing old cabinet doors and drawers, a high quality drawer box is an essential part of the design. The drawer box provides stability, strength, and a finished look to any custom cabinet design.

Drawer boxes are available in a variety of wood species and veneers, allowing you to create the perfect fit for your project. We recommend using hardwoods for a drawer box more traditional style, though veneer plywood can also be used to add character and contrast to your drawer box or front.

The most basic drawer box is built from solid wood sides with dovetail joints on all four corners. Plywood bottoms are common in drawer boxes, especially those that are made by hand, due to their flatness and dimensional stability.

To build a simple drawer box, cut the drawer side to the desired length and set up the joints for easy assembly. Pocket holes can be used to make the joints easier and more secure, though countersunk screws are usually a more durable option.

Before you begin making your drawer, be sure to measure the width and height of the drawers that will be stored inside your new box. This measurement, along with the inside cabinet width (ICW) and type of drawer slide you’ll be using, will help determine how wide your new box needs to be.

Next, calculate the depth of your drawer by subtracting the thickness of your drawer from the depth of the drawer opening in your cabinet. This will vary depending on whether you’re building an inset or overlay drawer. For example, an inset drawer will require a depth of around 1″ to allow for movement.

When calculating the drawer width, it’s important to consider the type of drawer slides you will be using, as some styles of slides may need a wider space in the bottom of the drawer box than others. For example, side-mount drawer slides will need a slightly smaller space than undermount slides do.

For the best results, you should use a high-quality, soft close undermount drawer slide on your new drawers. Aside from being easy to install, these slides are also designed to stay tight to the drawer box, which can help avoid slamming.


A drawer box is a great way to organize the contents of a cabinet. It allows you to store small appliances, pots, and pans in a convenient location, and it also gives you the option of pulling out the drawer for easy access.

When building a drawer box, there are several important considerations that you need to take into account. First, make sure that you get the right size for your drawers. A drawer that is too small or too large will be very difficult to use and may not function correctly.

Second, build the cabinet and drawer box as square as possible to ensure proper travel geometry for drawer slides. This will allow you to easily attach the drawer fronts, and it will prevent you from having to reposition them after installation.

Finally, be sure to use the correct screws for the job when attaching drawer fronts. A washer head screw has a larger diameter to fit into the oversized holes on the bottom of a drawer box, making it easier to fasten the fronts without them coming out.

Before you assemble the drawer box, be sure that all of the pieces are cut to the exact dimensions you need. It is also a good idea to mark all of the cuts on both sides of each piece with pencil so that you can easily see where the edges are.

Once you have all of the wood pieces cut, apply wood glue to both sides and assemble the front and back together. You can use pocket holes for this, or just attach them with the pre-drilled Kreg screws.

If you are using solid wood, be sure to err on the side of a little bit bigger than necessary for your drawers, especially if you’re going to install them with soft close slides. Otherwise, the slides will be too tight and won’t work properly.

To assemble the drawer box, lay it on a flat surface and drive 1 1/4″ wood screws into the pre-drilled holes along all of the sides of the bottom. Be sure to keep the drawer box and bottom as flat as possible while driving the screws in, as this will help the bottom stay firmly in place.