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fulltimin

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Posted: 03/12/21 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the bottom view of this drawer, both sides of the drawer bottom ride in a slot/groove from front to back.

The front and rear of the drawer bottom, does not ride in a groove, but is stapled to the bottom of the front and rear panel.



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Posted: 03/12/21 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is another view of the bottom that shows the staples a little better.



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Posted: 03/12/21 08:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used my hammer and convinced the one side to come off. The side was held on only by the staples. Not a drop of glue in sight.



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The other side was exactly the same. All staples and no glue.



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Posted: 03/12/21 08:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Removing the drawer bottom from the front and the rear panel, yielded the same results, being held together with staples and zero glue.



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Posted: 03/12/21 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The drawer face (Oak), held to the front piece of the drawer by,.... you guessed it - staples. It is also held together with a pair of screws that hold the drawer pull on the front.



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We also cannot forget the high grade wood grain looking stick on, that covers the poorer looking parts inside.



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Posted: 03/12/21 08:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here are all of the parts of this drawer, deconstructed. Lol.



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Closeup of the 40 staples, 2 screws, drawer pull, and a couple of pieces of plastic that comprised the drawer.



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Posted: 03/12/21 08:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With all that said, this type of construction won't be used on higher end vehicles.

Can you imagine a Prevost owner finding drawers in their rig that looks like that? Yea, not going to happen.

I am not bashing any particular manufacturer. This is just what I found when I took this particular drawer apart, and would bet there are many models of trailers and entry level motor homes that use, (or did), this type of assembly method.

Hope you found this interesting, as I did.

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Posted: 03/12/21 09:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is one of the prototypes I am working with for my drawers. (wooden drawers, not underwear)! [emoticon]

This is constructed entirely of 1/4" plywood. All 4 sides have a groove cut in them to allow the drawer bottom to ride in.

This was my first attempt to assemble it, and it was a bit of a struggle trying to get it together.

I have not glued it together yet, and probably need to make an additional jig to help hold it together while assembling to do so.

At this point, I don't know if it will work, or if I need to go a little heavier.

I think I'll glue it together tomorrow and we'll see what it looks like after the glue dries.



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The good news is that currently, this assembly weighs only 3.254 lbs, which is a far cry from the 6.39 lbs of a much smaller drawer.

This one is roughly 24 x 20 instead of the 18 x 18 of the other one. Granted, I don't have a front on this yet, but that doesn't have to be heavy either.



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Being able to save 4-5 lbs on every drawer would amount to somewhere between 64 and 80 lbs less weight, as I have 16 of them to build, so I think it's probably worth taking a look at before just building the rest of the drawers.

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Posted: 03/13/21 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What type of drawer slides are you planning on using? Full extension slides are fairly heavy. The standard drawer slide would add less weight, but would add strength and rigidity to the 1/4" plywood.


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Posted: 03/13/21 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where did you come up with a 4-5 lb savings???

By your own weights its 3.1 lb lighter, and thats without the front - or any kind of slide either.

Your math doesn't add up, no pun intended.


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