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Build drawers like this with pocket screws.

How To Build Drawers Using Pocket Screws and the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

Drawer box construction with the Kreg joint tool is quite simple. You only have 5 pieces of wood to assemble.



Check out Ana White plans in her new book, The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room. Included in this book are plans for a kitchen island and for bathroom wall storage.

Ana White is well known for her Kreg plans for the woodworking beginner. Even if you only use one plan out of the 34 included in the book, the purchase price will be well worth it!


Set up to cut the pieces for these free wood projects plans.

The difficult part of how to build drawers is getting the dimensions correct, so that the drawer will fit within the space for which it was designed.

Because the drawer Ben made was a replacement, he did not have to configure the box dimensions. He just had to make sure that the new box had the same outside dimensions as the drawer he was replacing.


These are the 5 pieces of wood needed for this drawer box.

Ben used 3/4" pine he had left over from other projects. Normally, drawers are built with 1/2" thick material. By using 3/4" material you will have fewer problems with the drawers pocket screws breaking through.


The Kreg Micro Jig is perfect for 1/2

Kreg Tools also makes a Micro Jig which is a great alternative for building drawers with 1/2" thick material. It also makes building face frames so much easier.

To learn more about the Kreg micro jig, click here.


This drawer was made with Kreg Tools micro jig.

To see an example of a drawer built with the Kreg Tools micro jig, click on the photo.

This drawer was made for the free wall cabinet plan from Kreg Tools. If you would like to check out that cabinet, just click here.

This wall cabinet plan is a great practice piece for the beginner woodworker.


Set the drill bit for 3/4 inch in your Kreg joint tool.

Because Ben used 3/4" pine, both the Kreg step drill bit, and the Kreg Tools drill guide were set for 3/4".

If you need help with the Kreg joint tool set-up, click here.


Your Kreg pocket hole jig drill guide needs to be set for 3/4 inch.

As you can see in this photo, the Kreg step drill bit will come through the 3/4" thick wood right in the middle, creating a very strong joint.


Your Kreg joint tool will drill the pocket holes.

The 2 long sides of the drawer box will not have any pocket holes.

The 2 short sides have pocket holes on each end. By putting the pocket holes in the short sides, they will not be seen by the user. The screws in the front of the drawer box will be hidden when you attach the finish drawer front.

The drawers pocket screws will be placed on the outside back of the drawer box, and will only be seen when the drawer is completely removed from the cabinet.

The short sides will fit inside the 2 long sides, and the drawers pocket screws will connect the 2 together.


You can now add the drawers pocket screws to the other 4 pieces.

The bottom of the drawer is cut to fit inside the 4-sided frame. As a result you will use the Kreg joint tool to drill pocket holes on all 4 edges. This bottom piece will tie all of the pieces together.


The drawers pocket screws allow you to assemble without using glue.

The bottom was attached to the short sides first using the drawers pocket screws.

After you have clamped your pieces together, double-check that the pieces are square to each other before driving the screws.


These free wood working plans are for a drawer box.

Align the 3 pieces that are now connected with one of the long side pieces. You will be driving the drawers pocket screws from both the bottom and the short sides into the long sides.


How to build drawers made simple with the Kreg pocket screw jig.

For this particular drawer, the long side pieces were lower than the other drawer parts to accomodate the drawer hardware.


All assembly was done with the drawers pocket screws.

Your drawer box is now complete, and squared up on every side.!


These free wood projects plans are now complete.

"Look, Mom, no pocket holes!

With the original drawer front attached to the new drawer box there are no visible pocket holes.

Ben's friend is very happy with how solid and square the new drawer is!


Check out the free wood projects in our pocket hole cabinet section.

Go from "How To Build Drawers" to Start With Free Woodworking Plans' Home page.

Check out our other free wood projects plans that were specially designed for the Kreg joint tool.

Go from "How To Build Drawers" to the free pocket hole plans from Kreg Tools.




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