How to build your own drawer organizer

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How to build your own drawer organizer
Keep drawer items separate with custom-made drawer dividers. (type drawer 2 image by nebari from Fotolia.com)

Kitchen and desk drawers provide convenient storage for all sorts of items. But it may become challenging to find smaller items after enough things are dropped into a drawer.

A drawer organiser sections off spaces of appropriate sizes for stored goods. Small items go into a space that can't accommodate larger things that could hide them. Drawer dividers, custom-made to fit the drawers in your desk or kitchen, make organisation a breeze.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • 1/4-inch hardwood or fiberboard
  • Safety goggles
  • Band saw
  • Small wood file

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mark the measured 20-inch length on the hardwood or fiberboard. Draw a line three times as long as the 3-inch depth measurement or 9 inches. Cut the wood or fiberboard along the pencil line with a band saw.

  2. 2

    Hold an edge of the square against the cut side. Measure 3 inches up from the bottom 20-inch edge. Mark the measurement with a dot. Slide the perpendicular side of the square up to the dot, hold the other edge of the square firmly against the cut side, and draw a pencil line along the perpendicular edge of the square that passes through the dot. Measure 3 inches up from that line, mark a dot, slide the perpendicular edge of the square up to the dot and draw another line. Mark another line 3 inches up from that one.

  3. 3

    Cut along the lines with the band saw. The resulting three strips should each measure 20 inches by 3 inches.

  4. 4

    Measure and cut four strips, 13 inches by 3 inches, of the fiberboard or hardwood.

  5. 5

    Mark slots to cut along one edge of a 20-inch strip at 3 7/8 inches, 4 1/8 inches, 7 7/8 inches, 8 1/8 inches, 11 7/8 inches, 12 1/8 inches, 15 7/8 inches, and 16 1/8 inches. Draw a perpendicular pencil line 1 1/2 inches long at each dot.

  6. 6

    Hold the three 20-inch strips together with the marked strip on top. Cut along the 1 1/2-inch pencil marks. Turn the wood or fiberboard at the top of each cut to direct the bandsaw blade toward the nearest line or cut. The cuts should leave four slots measuring 1 1/2 inches by 1/4 inch in each strip. File the 1/4-inch cuts at the tops of the slots to flatten the inside corners where the blade leaves rounded cuts.

  7. 7

    Mark an edge of a 13-inch strip at 3 1/8 inches, 3 3/8 inches, 6 3/8 inches, 6 5/8 inches, 9 5/8 inches and 9 7/8 inches. Draw 1 1/2-inch perpendicular lines at each mark. Stack the four 13-inch strips together with the marked strip on top. Cut along the pencil marks. Turn the strips to send the blade toward the closest cut or line at the tops of the marks. Each 13-inch strip should have three 1/4-inch slots. File the tops of the slots.

  8. 8

    Place the 20-inch strips parallel on the counter or desktop above the drawer with the slots facing the same way. Hold a 13-inch strip perpendicular to the 20-inch strips with the slots facing down. Turn each 20-inch strip up to bring one of its slots together with a slot on the 13-inch strip. Place all the 13-inch strips down over the 20 inch-strips slot to slot to form a grid. Pick up the drawer dividers by the 20-inch strips and lay the organiser into the empty drawer.

Tips and warnings

  • The process utilises a drawer 20 inches long, 13 inches wide and 3 inches deep. Adjust the dimensions according to your drawer's measurements.
  • Glue the drawer organiser together to prevent strips from getting pulled out of the drawer. Use wood glue or hide glue to bond a fiberboard or hardwood organiser.

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