One day while looking for areas for more storage, I started to look at the drawers aft of the hanging locker. There was a good bit of room behind the drawers as they are made, which is just wasted space. In all I’ll be able to gain about 15.5″ of drawer space between the four drawers, which turns into a bit over one more drawer then what I’ve got to start with.

The drawers are angled at a 10 degree, to fit into the cabinet which makes cutting and fitting them a bit harder.

Yesterday, I went to home depot, and bought some FCS birch (waste of money, should have just gotten more MDO). There are a decent bit of voids, and overall seems like less quality wood then MDO, but it was a natural wood, and not the resin overlay on it, which is what I was after. While there, I took advantage of the wood cutting, which on most of the cuts, ended up being a 1/8″ inch short, (I should have measured the first cut). Which would have been fine, but they switched the direction of cut of some of the other cuts, which make the bottoms be 1/8″ to wide. I’m going to be using 1/4″ cedar plywood for the bottom.

I used a miter saw to cut the bevel, and am using the kreg jib to make pocket holes to hold the stuff together then using square dowel as runners to hold the bottom in place in leiu of using a router to cut a slot to slide the bottom in as they are made from the factory.

The top and next one down will be 20″ long, then third will be 17, and the bottom will be 12.5″ (total of 69.5″). The factory drawers were 14.25″ x3 and 11.25 (total of 54″). So a solid gain in space for not taking up anymore area.

I’ll eventually finish this project. Like so many others


Author: japtenks

Captain of a 30ft Catalina.

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