How To Build Drawers
Using Pocket Screws
and the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.
This Drawer was Built
to Replace a Broken One.
Drawer box construction with the Kreg joint tool is quite simple. You only have 5 pieces of wood to assemble.
Design the Drawer to Fit in a Particular Space.
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
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.
This Pocket Hole Drawer was Built with 3/4" Thick Boards.
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
The Kreg Tool Micro Jig Works Wonderfully if Making Drawers from 1/2" Thick Wood.
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 our experience with the Kreg micro jig,
This Drawer for the Kreg Tool Wall Cabinet Plan was Built with the 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
This wall cabinet plan is a great practice piece for the beginner woodworker.
Set Up Your Kreg Jig for the Thickness of the Wood.
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,
When set at the Correct Height, the Pocket Hole is Drilled into the Middle.
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.
The Pocket Holes Will be Hidden on this Drawer.
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.
The Bottom of the Drawer Has Pocket Holes on All Four Sides.
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 Next Steps are to Attach the Sides to the Bottom.
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.
The Third and Fourth Sides are Connected Next.
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.
The Existing Hardware For this Replacement Drawer Dictated the Design.
For this particular drawer, the long side pieces were lower than the other drawer parts to accommodate the drawer hardware.
All 5 Pieces Connected for Complete Drawer Box.
Your drawer box is now complete, and squared up on every side!
The Original Front Attached to New Drawer Box.
"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!