Design Preview – Desk Drawer


  • For my final project I am building a desk drawer for my custom built desk. The drawer is primarily intended to fill a gap that exists between the riser and the main portion of my desk. Currently, the space is occupied by books, pencils, and other miscellaneous items. Having a bunch of junk visual on my desk is not the most aesthetically pleasing, and the space could be utilized more effectively with a drawer.
  • The aesthetic of the drawer is modern industrial to match the aesthetic of the desk that it is situated within. This desk is also the only inspiration for the drawer that I currently have. Given that the desk is my own original design the design for the drawer is coming organically.
  • My main goal with this drawer is to achieve a professional look. I want it to look as if my desk were purchased from a professional furniture company even though I built it, so that is my priority with this drawer design. Below is a full list of my specifications for the project.
    • Must match aesthetically.
    • Must fit well within the desk.
    • Must slide smoothly.
    • Must be completely removable.
    • Must have drawer handles.
  • I am planning of fabricating the drawer out of wood.
  • The main box will most likely be ply wood that I cut to size on a table saw and glue together.
  • The drawer front will be a stained hardwood that I attach to the drawer box with wood glue.
  • I will then attach a drawer pull. Ideally this will be made out of powder coated steel to match the desk legs.



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  • Maddie O'Brien
    April 10, 2023 12:28 pm

    This is a great idea! I really like the idea of having a slanted profile, I think it’ll probably make it look even more clean. Are you going to incorporate drawer slides or anything? Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  • I like the addition of the slanted profile on the desk, it creates some unique geometry that sets your project apart. The unique shaping of the drawer pulls is aesthetically attractive as well. Your drawings look very clean and it’s clear that you have a good idea of where it is headed. You should also consider protective finishes, especially with plywood, to prevent scratches and dents. I’m excited to see what you create!


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