Large roll out drawer material - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 12-29-2016, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 2
View TxAggie94's Photo Album My Photos
Large roll out drawer material

OK, I'm fairly new to wood work. Mostly just some shop benches and cabinets so far.

However, I recently jumped in and built a king platform bed with drawers. The finish is far from perfect, but it was a lot of fun and I have learned a lot.

Anyway, I built the bed with a center opening from the foot to run a large drawer into. The opening is 25" wide and 17" tall. My plan is to build a large drawer to use for items like a bedspread, Christmas throw pillows, etc. It will all be light items. The "drawer" will actually have non-castering rollers on the bottom rather than drawer slides. I will build the complete drawer box and attach a walnut front to match the rest of the bed.

My plan is to build the outside of the box 3/4" to 1" less than the 25" opening and install a runner on each side to guide the drawer in straight. So, by the time I allow for the rollers and some space at the top, the drawer should be about 14 1/2" high, 24" wide and I plan to build it 48" deep.

My primary question is what material thickness i should use for such a large drawer.

I have enough 1/2" baltic birch ply to use for the sides, ends and bottom. I also have enough 3/4" ply to use that for the sides and ends and then 1/2" BB for the bottom. Would 1/2 all around be sturdy enough for such a large drawer? Or should I go with the 3/4"?

Does anyone see any other problems with my plans?

TxAggie94 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 12-29-2016, 03:02 PM
Senior Member
TomCT2's Avatar
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Central PA
Posts: 1,304
View TomCT2's Photo Album My Photos
3/4 sides and 1/2 bottom should work.

as to potential issues - if the rollers run on carpet, they may settle into/make carpet dents - which could cause the drawer front to become "un-parallel" with the bedframe panel. fortunately the gap would be at the bottom - but I'd give some thought as to "future shimming" the rollers, in case the situation gets too bad.
TomCT2 is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 12-29-2016, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 2
View TxAggie94's Photo Album My Photos
Hmmm, good point. It will be on carpet (for now - my wife desperately wants to go to wood/laminate in the bedroom). I have some left over 1/4" ply I could put down as runners if its long enough. I'd have to attach a stop to keep from pushing them farther under when pushing the drawer back in.
TxAggie94 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to install center mount drawer slides Ronnie1a General Woodworking Discussion 2 08-31-2016 01:12 PM
The bane of my existence - drawer questions please new2woodwrk Design & Plans 41 05-19-2016 09:04 AM
Material for cabinet boxes and drawer [email protected] General Woodworking Discussion 10 11-03-2015 08:51 AM
Drawer runner dimensions skunkbad General Woodworking Discussion 4 10-25-2015 08:28 AM
Blum Tandem Drawer Slides: Question on Drawer Box Measurements bphoward1 General Woodworking Discussion 1 08-22-2015 12:41 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome