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.
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.