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Build this custom-sized drawer divider to keep small supplies organized and easy to find.
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The part lengths described below and in the Drawer Divider Project Diagram fit the drawer pictured here. Alter the part lengths and, if necessary, quantities to fit your drawer and storage needs. Then add up the part lengths plus 1 inch for saw cuts to see if you’ll need an additional 1/2 x 3 x 48 poplar board.
Remove the drawer to be divided and measure from the front to back. Subtract 1/4 inch from that measurement for the length of the long center piece. Cut the center piece from a 1/2 x 3 x 48 poplar board. Sand with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper and soften the edges and ends.
If you’re only dividing a portion of the drawer, cut a second long piece to box in compartments along one side.
Measure the drawer width and subtract 3/4 inch. Divide that number in half and cut six side ribs. Sand with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper and soften the edges, but not the ends.
To create smaller compartments or divide extra-deep drawers, add two more ribs.
Divide the length of the center piece in quarters and mark. (In the example shown, that would be a pencil mark every 4-1/16 inches.)
Glue and clamp the ribs along one side with each end centered on a pencil mark and the edges flush. Check that each rib is square against the center piece.
After the glue dries, glue and clamp ribs to the opposite side.
Sand the dividers and wipe clean. Then apply two coats of paint (Brushed Almond shown). Let the last coat dry overnight before inserting the divider in the drawer. Estimated cost: $7.