How do I add a drawer here?

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    I can't seem to find anyone who sells individual drawers. Can I add one here to the right of the cabinet?

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    Yes. You can add one there. Rev-A-Shelf sells drawers. Or, if you're handy, you can make your own. You basically just make a box, put on a face, and put gliders on the side (or grooves that will fit over those wood strips and slide).

    You can do dovetails for drawer joints if you want to make them sturdier. My father had to make quite a few drawers when he built cabinets years ago and also when we built his desk. Just get some tools to make sure the drawers are square and it's really not that difficult.

    Let us know how things go!
     
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    What's the plan. full width the drawer will run into the door. Ant thing less and we have to figure how the hang it.
    Do you think you have the skills and tools to copy the end panel of that cupboard. After that 3 draws would be easy.
     
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    For a completely prefab drawer, here is one from Lowe's. You could probably remove the front panel and add a wooden panel to allow you to paint it to match.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-29-5-in-x-5-75-in-Gray-Metal-Drawer/50227195

    Unless you really want to retain the open space below, why not install a paintable base cabinet in the space? You can get drawer units at the local home center, or look at a Habitat for Humanity Reuse Store for used cabinets.
     
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    Full width was my first instinct too but then you'd only be able to open it so far before it smacks into the door (to the right in the photo). This means the door would have to be closed to open the drawer the whole way. That doesn't always happen in family life, so before long you'd have a dent or scuff in the door where the drawer is, and maybe a ding in the edge of the drawer face too.
     
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    Yeah you would put trhe gable away from the wall and blank the missing piece.
     
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    I'm just gonna do a 2' wide drawer. The depth is about 21". I don't want a whole base cabinet, just a drawer.

    The end panel is the right wall of the sink cabinet? I think the hardest (or impossible) part would be copying the color. The rest is just wood, right? Yes, I have the tools.
     
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    Most pre made draws will be 24" deep like for kitchen cupboard, in the bathroom 20" would be the deal.
    So with that you would have to cut the draw and re install the back and buy new guides the right length.

    With out a gable like the side of your cupboard you have to hang something from the underside of the top. That could be done but the material used for the counter top will pull apart real easy.
    I thing you would be better to hone the skills and make the matching gable and build three draws.
    A draw is noting more than 4 boards nail together with a peice of plywood nailed on the bottom. then you add a extra front to match. The with of a draw is 1" less than the opening. Rocket science:rofl:
     
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    That board you had in the picture-- is that just a scrap of wood? How closely does it match the rest of the vanity? In the picture it looks very close, so I think just using that for a face and front trim might work. But then, computers don't always show color accuracy very well.
     
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    Best bet for matching door is finding off the shelf doors at HD that fit and change them out.
     
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    Okay I get how to make the drawer box, but then doesn't it have to slide in and out of something?

    Is this basically a rectangular cube with an open face? Roughly 20" deep, 24" wide, and 5-6" tall? With drawer slides attached to the inside bottom face.
     
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    I would build it 4 sided and add a face to it later. A couple screws from the inside.

    Yes you would have to build a two sided box to put it in attach to the old gable and some how attach to the underside of the counter. The crap that is made out of is not great for holding screws because you are really limited on the length of screw. !/2" max or you poke thru the top. And that is why I said it will be better to build another gable and make 3 draws. I don't like building failures.
     
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    I see what you're saying. I wish I wanted or needed 3 drawers, but I only need one.

    I know what I'll try. It's hard to describe, but I'll try to describe.

    I'll take possibly a 1"x4" that is 20" long and use that to secure the right panel of the new drawer. This 1"x4" will be screwed into the countertop with MANY short screws. The 4" face will face the bottom of the countertop. The right end panel will then be attached via screw to this 1"x4". Get it?
     
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    Draw glides go low on the side of the draw or at the bottom of the draw. so you need a side on the right hand side. If you hang it from your 1x4 it will still not take any abuse.
     
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    You might put in a piece like this and get some support from the back wall too.

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    Then I'll get two 1x4's if that's not strong enough.

    Either way, I first have to build the drawer before I worry about how to hang it.

    Starting with the drawer box. (Or whatever they call the thing the drawer goes in and out of.)

    I did all the measurements, but Home Depot is closed at the moment.
     
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    Yea that might work. There's already a 1x2 on the back wall.

    But first I have to build the drawer box. This might be another week before I get started.

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    Drawer guides,glides, slides or hardware.

    https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ca...abinet-and-drawer-hardware/drawer-slides.html
     
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