A friend of mine has a large entertainment center that has two large
drawers at the bottom. He was using these two drawers to store CD's and videotapes
but he wanted some way to better organize them. He asked if I could make something
to help with this.
I made some inserts that he could fit into the drawers. These
inserts had matching slots in the front and back panels so that small dividers could be
used to create several smaller areas within the drawers. The inserts are made of
birch plywood that is edged with ¼" poplar along the top to conceal the end grain of the
plywood. The moveable dividers are also ¼" poplar standing on edge.
I cut slots, at one-inch intervals, into the front and back pieces of the
inserts with a 5/16" dado stack on my table saw. I left the front and back pieces
together as one piece of wood while cutting the dadoes, and then ripped the wood down the
middle. That way, I could be sure the slots lined up perfectly with each other.
The overall outer dimensions are 18½" x 36¾". The inner width is 36",
which gives my friend 6 areas of approximately 6" each to use for his CD's. The videotape
drawer is configured a little differently. The inserts and dividers are finished with
one coat of Red Oak stain to match the dark color of the entertainment center.