How to Build a Drawer Organizer

Organize your dresser with easy-to-build drawers with inserts.

 Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer

Organize dresser drawers with easy-to-make wood inserts.

Photo by: Wade Works Creative

Wade Works Creative

By: Chip Wade

Materials and Tools

  • 2" x 4" acrylic sheet, 1/8" thick
  • 6" x 10' cedar board, 1/2" thick
  • (1) can lacquer spray paint
  • chop saw
  • circular or table saw
  • router
  • trim nail gun
  • 1/2" straight router bit
  • wood glue

Cut List

-Piece A - (2) cedar board pieces width of drawer minus 1/8"
-Piece B
- (2) cedar board pieces depth of drawer minus 7/8"
-Piece C
- (1) cedar board pieces length of Piece A minus 3/4" 
-Piece D -
(8) acrylic sheets: Length — distance from inside slot to inside slot of partition; Height — 1" less than interior height of drawer

Cut Cedar Pieces

Cut all cedar boards to 5" wide or the height of the interior dimensions of the drawer (Image 1). Cut two (Piece A) sections, two (Piece B) sections and a (Piece C) section, according to the cut list dimensions (Image 2). 

Cut Slots

Cut 1/8" deep slots in the center of (Piece B) sections using a 1/2" straight router bit (Image 1). Using the same bit, notch a slot flush on either end of each (Piece A) at 1/8" deep (Image 2). 

Mark for Dividers

Mark two 1" thick center lines down the length of the boards on the inside of (Piece A) sections and both sides of (Piece C) for the acrylic dividers. Ensure lines on all boards align.

 Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer

Create 2" center lines, and mark down the length of the boards where acrylic dividers will be on the inside of A pieces and both sides of C pieces. Ensure lines on all boards align.

Photo by: Wade Works Creative

Wade Works Creative

Cut for Dividers

Cut 1/8" wide (width of the saw blade) slots on each center line mark at 3/16" deep using the depth stop on the chop saw and a backer board.

 Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer

Cut 1/8" wide (width of saw blade) slits on each center line mark at 3/16" deep using the depth stop on the chop saw and a backer board.

Photo by: Wade Works Creative

Wade Works Creative

Attach Joints

Glue and nail all joints together.

 Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer

Glue and nail all joints together.

Photo by: Wade Works Creative

Wade Works Creative

Cut Acrylic

Cut eight (Piece D) acrylic sections according to the cut list with a table saw.

 Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer

Cut eight D pieces out of acrylic using a table saw

Photo by: Wade Works Creative

Wade Works Creative

Apply Lacquer

Spray two coats of lacquer to the cedar frame, and let dry.

 Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer

Add a clear coating to cedar frame with two coats of spray lacquer.

Photo by: Wade Works Creative

Wade Works Creative

Insert Acrylic Dividers

Place acrylic dividers in frame (Image 1), and insert final frame into dresser (Image 2).

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