A couple of days ago the silverware drawer died. After a brief viewing, the dearly beloved was laid to rest, and I had to figure out how to replace it.
It’s not like you can run down to Walmart and buy a new silverware drawer. This was a job for Super Dad, but he wasn’t around so I decided to do it myself. I still had some pallets laying around and a drawer that needed building, so I built a drawer from the pallet slats.
Have you noticed that most drawers today are made from cheap particle board that falls apart eventually? Well, this drawer is sure to last a long time. Build your own drawer from pallet slats.
First thing I did was dig up the old drawer and remove the bottom part as I would be reusing it. The bottom is usually made of luan or particle board. I also reused the drawer front cover. This is usually attached to the drawer box by glue or screws.
After removing a couple slats from a pallet, I cut them to the desired length. and began building my box. Using wood screws to attach the pieces, is in my opinion, better than using brad nails. Make sure to “tap” the screw holes, using a drill bit slightly smaller than your screw. This will guarantee you two things. One, it will help keep your screws from “punching” out the side, and two, it will keep the wood from splitting.
Now that the box was completed, I decided since this was a silverware drawer, I wanted to create an insert that would separate the spoons, forks, and knives. So, I built this little insert…
The bad part was, I should have thought of this earlier, now I needed to screw it in. So, I had to disassemble the box, screw in the insert and reassemble the box. Lucky for me I had not attached the particle board at this point or that would have really stunk. So, having completed the box and insert, I used a brad nailer/staple gun to attach the particle board to the bottom.
The last thing to do was place the face plate on the front and the drawer guides on the bottom (our drawers are weird).
Voila, the project was now completed, and we have a completely fixed drawer. It cost me absolutely nothing except my time.