I finally replaced my "prototype" silverware drawer with a new, permanent one. This idea started when Lynne and I bought a sivlerware drawer organizer that fit perfectly right-to-left, but was longer front-to-back than our Scamp
utensil drawer. To fit the darn thing in I had to take the back of the drawer off and screw the mesh organizer to the side rails of the original drawer. While I was at it, I removed the bottom of the drawer, which wasn't needed anymore. Problem solved . . . the mesh organizer was rigid enough that the drawer no longer needed its back or bottom, and the new drawer could work as a drying rack for damp utensils, too.
Now I'm replacing the door and drawer fronts in the kitchenette with new ones, I decided it was time to update the slightly klunky prototype with a final version.
This is the drawer without the front. It's made from 1/4" plywood, with the ply doubled up under the aluminum "U" brackets that serve as the drawer runners.
A scrap piece of 3/8 plywood slides in the aluminum "U" channel. When the drawer is closed, the ply panel keeps stuff that's in the drawer from bouncing out. (This is how Scamp
did the original drawer, and I liked the idea.)
The sides of the drawer extend beyond the wire mesh organizer by a couple inches so these screws have a place to go. When screwed all the way in they hit the fiberglass cabinet front and serve as drawer stops so the drawer doesn't slide all the way out. (Also a Scamp
This is the ply panel that supports the drawer. The two thin strips of wood on top of the support create a space between the thing the support is screwed into (which for us is the bottom of our gas stove) and the top of the drawer so the aluminum "U" slides have room to move.
Here's the drawer without it's front hanging from the plywood. Note the markings on the top edge of the drawer opening in the fiberglass cabinet and the center of the plywood support.
The drawer and front, open and filled with utensils and closed.
Changing from particle board construction to plywood is not only stonger, it's lighter, too. The 3/8 ply support panel is about half the weight
of the original OSB support Scamp uses, ditto on the plywood sides and back.