The kitchen is the heart of any home, where occupants and guests gather around to enjoy their time and meal. Thus, interior designers focus on creating aesthetics and a warm feeling for the area with different elements. Kitchen cabinets are the essential factor when renewing and decorating the space equivalent to the house’s overall design. However, many people consider how manufacturers and carpenters make custom kitchen cabinets. One of the components of kitchen cabinets is their drawer box which should be functional while satisfying the aesthetic needs.
Manufacturers utilize various methods for making the drawer box for kitchen cabinets. In the first part of the article, we discussed the standard tools for making kitchen cabinets, materials used for the purpose, and measuring the width and height of the drawer box. This article provides more information about the production process.
Depth of Kitchen Cabinets Drawer Box
Determining the depth of the kitchen cabinets drawer box is more complicated than defining other dimensions. For getting the most practical use of the products, the primary driver for the depth is the size of the glides to use. Experts choose the depth for providing the occupants with the full advantage of the extension feature. However, the size of the slides should be equivalent to the cabinet construction and the size.
Carpenters measure the inside depth of the kitchen cabinets where the drawer box should be installed. They do the measurements by sizing the back of the cabinets to the front section. If the products have overlay sections, where the box front sits in the front of the cabinet’s body, it is essential to measure the depth of the products and look for slides that are slightly shorter than the measurements. The dimensions of the slides determine the length of the outside depth. If the kitchen cabinet design requires inset drawers, where the box’s fronts should be installed flush with the front of the cabinet, then carpenters account for the thickness of the drawer front.
Drawer Box Sides, Front, and Back Length
After determining the outside dimensions of the kitchen cabinets drawer box, it is time to figure out the length of each part that makes up the external perimeter of the product.
- Drawer Box Sides: The drawer box sides’ length is simply the product’s overall external dimensions.
- Box Front and Back: The front and back of the drawer box fit between the sides, so they need to be shorter than the outside width. For determining the front and back length, carpenters take the overall exterior width of the box and subtract two times the thickness of the side sections. This measurement will vary depending on the material used for the kitchen cabinets, whether it is plywood or MDF panels (medium density fiberboard). It is essential to verify the thickness of the MDF panels with special tools.
Layout and Cutting Sides, Fronts, and Backs
Manufacturers always mock up the wood cutting process and plan before starting the procedure to reduce waste as much as possible. Using one more minor MDF panel for creating raised panels or flat panel doors for kitchen cabinets and drawer boxes can reduce the cost. Most carpenters include the cut width in the plans and do not wind up short pieces.
Generally, kitchen cabinets drawer boxes look better when the length of the piece follows the wood’s grain which is why carpenter’s layout the side sections along the longer end of the MDF panel. It is better to make the rip cuts first and then trim them to length using cutting tools such as a miter saw or table saw. It is essential to make sure there are a few centimeters at the end of each ripped section if there is a need to extend the length of any components.
The bottom section of the kitchen cabinets drawer box fits into the groove or dado cut into the bottom of the side, back, and front pieces. It is essential to note that it does not get glued into the place but rather floats in the dado to allow the material’s expansion. The table saw is the most practical tool for doing the cutting accurately. Cutting MDF panels is also possible using a circular saw, and the cut should be guided with a router. For people who prefer doing the DIY job, using a circular saw and guide will be efficient.
Assembling Kitchen Cabinets Drawer Box
After doing all measurements and cutting, manufacturers start the assembling phase of the kitchen cabinets drawer box. This stage involves drilling four pocket holes on the back and front pieces using a suitable jig. The holes must be drilled on the opposite side of the dado cut. Drilling the holes over the dado will damage the box, and spots are required for larger drawers applying additional pockets. Once the holes are ready, the box must be screwed together. Then the bottom section is installed on the box with screws and glue. The assembly is finished by applying different coats for further protection.