Introduction to DrawerCut
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If drawer making is new to you. Our introduction is a must read. If you are familiar with the process of drawer making start with the Quick Start Tutorial

   The types of drawers available are : Lock, Butt, Rebate 1, Rebate 2 and Dovetail. Directly below is the drawer terminology which is used throughout the application.

Notice that the drawer and the grid use the same terminology. Please familiarize yourself with this information.


The options for drawer fronts are : applied and integral

    The program also allows you to size the drawer fronts for inset or overlay cabinet styles. Other options include, three types of drawer bottom joinery.

    These include: standard bottom, short back bottom and applied bottom. Most of the above mentioned options are determined by the opening dimensions

of the cabinet - height and width. To establish the final assembled size of the drawer, the program allows you to define the side clearances and the top and

bottom clearances of the drawer. This data provides the program with the outside dimensions of the drawer. From this point calculations are made to

determine all the drawer components. If your constructing frameless - 32 mm cabinets see our FAQ section, titled: Frameless Cabinets for more details.

     Each drawer type is provided a tab within the program which allows you to define your specific joinery. The tab control is divided onto two sections.

The first three tabs are Part Option, Materials, Bottom Clearance. The additional tabs starting with Lock contain text boxes which require your review.

Drawers are constructed to fit inside a cabinet opening. To allow the drawer to slide freely the drawer box must be smaller the cabinet opening. The term used to describe

these dimensional allowances is clearance. Clearances must be defined for the height, width and depth of the cabinet  drawer openings. The top and bottom clearances are 

sometimes predetermined by the hardware manufacturer. In addition, side clearance is one of the most important allowances. If a drawer is sized too large or too small the 

sliding function of the drawer is impaired.

We use the cabinet openings and calculate the box parts and fronts from the rough opening sizes. The rectangular opening is called a rough opening. The references used to

describe the dimensioning are height - vertical, width - horizontal and depth - front to back. The width of a drawer side and applied front is referenced from the height of the

cabinet opening. The length of the side is referenced from the depth of the cabinet. Note: When entering the depth of drawer, enter the finished overall length of the drawer.

DrawerCut will make all the necessary calculations to provide the finished size.

Drawer Front Options
Standard Bottom
Short Back Bottom
Applied Bottom
Rough Opening

Rough Opening