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Silverware Drawer Organizer

  • September 5, 2019

grover959
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I made this for a friend. I used ¼” plywood scraps to determine layout. For the final material I used a 1x4x6’ Maple board and ripped it into 2 strips. The wider strip is about ⅜” wide and is used for the outside frame, and ¼” wide strips used for the inside dividers.

My friend lives out of state so I built a simple 2x4 box the size of her silverware drawer as a build guide.

The sections fit in place using a dado cut and then glued together once complete. A ¼’ piece of Maple plywood is used for the bottom.

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  • Nicely done! Great detail work, thanks for sharing!
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 17, 2019

  • I'm a newbie to the Ryobi Nation and this is EXACTLY what I need to do.  What type of wood is this?  Because its eating utensils could you use scrap or plywood?  Thank you. 
    By Making_It_Best, on September 24, 2019
    • I used plywood scraps to model the layout and a 1x4x8' piece of Maple for the final build, ripping it into 2 strips. Here's a link to the one I built a couple years ago... https://www.ryobitools.com/nation/projects/silverware-drawer-organizer

      I'm building another one right now for my mother in law.  The nice thing about making them yourself is that you can customize the layout to meet your needs. 

      One thing that I really like to do is replace the standard drawer slides with full extension drawer slides, this allows the drawer to fully open, making it easy to reach things in the back of the drawer.

      Good luck with your project.
      By grover959, on September 28, 2019 (edited)

  • Could I leave the plywood in there for now & maybe make it with more clunkier wood?  I'm trying to clear out the wood in my garage so I can turn it into my workshop.  Or is plywood not useable because these are food utensils?  Thanks for the feed back. 
    By Making_It_Best, on September 28, 2019
    • If your plywood is finished on both sides and is the width you want, it may work fine.  If you go this route I'd suggest gluing a thin strip of wood on the exposed edge of the plywood, or use veneer edge banding.   

      I like to spray a clear coat over everything so it is protected and ready for lots of use. Minwax Polycrylic is a good clear coat option, my favorite is General Finishes High Performance Water Based Top Coat, it costs a bit more but is awesome.
      By grover959, on September 28, 2019

  • Great job!  Everything in its place very well organized, this is exactly what I need, thanks for the inspiration. 😊
    By LadyTee*17, on October 6, 2019

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Silverware Drawer Organizer

by grover959
Sep 05, 2019
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I made this for a friend. I used ¼” plywood scraps to determine layout. For the final material I used a 1x4x6’ Maple board and ripped it into 2 strips. The wider strip is about ⅜” wide and is used for the outside frame, and ¼” wide strips used for the inside dividers. My friend lives out of state so I built a simple 2x4 box the size of her silverware drawer as a build guide. The sections fit in place using a dado cut and then glued together once complete. A ¼’ piece of Maple plywood is used for the bottom.