It’s not very often that I get a chance to build something for ourselves. You might think out of all the things you could built, you decided to build a new utensil drawer? I thought the same, however, the old plastic utensil holder has been a pain in the you know what for far to long. My wife bought it, and it wasn’t a cheap utensil drawer, but the sides never stayed connected and it wasn’t full width so it always moved. Enough was enough, I had some time in my project schedule, and built this almost all out of scraps.
It’s all About the Details
I really wanted to practice a few different techniques on this project and of course use some nice hardwoods. When designing the project in Sketch Up 3D I originally had the utensil dividers just sliding in all the way from the top. That was too simple, so I thought I would mimic a design feature from the plastic holder. That feature was sloping the divider towards the front of the drawer making it easier to grab the utensils. Also that that design, I didn’t want slots showing, so I did what’s called a stop dado so it appears as if the divider is locked in without sliding it down. See the picture below on that detail.
Additionally, all the joints are recessed by 1/8” to provide a rigid structure and ensure the parts don’t come apart down the road. Lastly, the wood used in this project kinda grew as I was only going to use Walnut - for the outer sides, Jatoba - for the inner structure and dividers, and finally Birch for the bottom. I ended up adding Mahogany because I didn’t have enough for the dividers and is in the same family of wood as well only varies in colour slightly. Do you notice? I also added Padauk to trim the steak knife component because I just love the colour of Padauk once finished, however, I could have easily used Jatoba or Mahogany.
More Pictures of the Project
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