Birch Ply chest of drawers

BIrch Ply chest of drawers

BIrch Ply chest of drawers

BIrch Ply chest of drawers - open

BIrch Ply chest of drawers – open

Birch Ply is a popular material choice and it is used to good effect in this design by Simon in Ilkley:

– inset drawer faces so that the laminations of the Birch Ply on the carcass edges can be seen
– routed finger pull details mean no further handle is required
– full extension drawer runners ensure that drawer contents can be accessed easily – no bending down needed to see what is at the back of the drawer!
– 12mm thick drawer boxes and 18mm thick carcass make this chest of drawers incredibly strong

Birch Ply drawer - routed handle detail

Birch Ply drawer – routed handle detail

Note that this unit was designed to integrate into a wall unit so rather than a solid top ‘rails’ are used. We shipped it out with scribe pieces all the way round to enable a perfectly flush install.

Wallbed behind sliding bookcases

This was an ambitious project by Pam and Phil in South Wales. Pam and Phil sourced the sliding bookcase hardware and used the Cabinet Designer on the DIY Wardrobes website to design four bookcases to work with it.

Wallbed - behind bookcase

Wallbed hidden behind bookcases.

The material chosen was Walnut MFC and the wall bed mechanism was the NEXT Bed from Hideaway Beds.


Wallbed - mid installation

Wall bed is situated between two fixed bookcases and track for sliding bookcases can be seen

The challenge in a project like this is ensuring the sliding bookcase works well. When filled with books one has to consider a weight of around 90Kg sliding. To support the weight we created a substantial top valance in 18mm thick Birch Ply which was then clad withe 18mm thick Walnut MFC.

Wallbed - sliding bookcase - closed

Bookcases designed in the Cabinet Designer

Wallbed - sliding bookcase - open


Wallbed - sliding bookcase mechanism

One sliding bookcase fitted to track


Wallbed - sliding bookcase meet

Showing sliding bookcases meeting in the middle. A valance in Walnut MFC was created to hide the sliding tracks

This was a great project and Pam and Phil were delighted with the results.

Primed mdf book cases – Dining room

Sara, Croxley Green, designed these book cases as 4 carcasses – rather than 2, which would spanĀ the whole width of each alcove – as they need to carry many large and heavy books. Shelves were added at the required height.

Sara dining room

The height of the plinths match the height of the skirting board around it.

Primed mdf cupboards with shaker style doors (Part I)

This is one of two cupboards to go into living room alcoves.

The cupboardsĀ are at the right height for the TV to go on top of one of them.


Hinge plate awaiting hinge
Note the arrow which points to the front of the cabinet.

Standard hinge

Standard hinge

Slow closing hinge

Slow closing hinge

DVD and Set Top Box go inside the cupboard.
P1040712.JPGPictures of cupboards in situ to follow.

Living room alcove cupboards in black/brown Oak

Black/brown ferrara oak melamine faced living room alcove cupboards

Black/brown ferrara oak melamine faced living room alcove cupboards

Clara in St. Albans designed these stunning alcove cupboards with bi-fold doors (see soss hinges in picture below) and pocket doors. Material is black/brown ferrara oak melamine faced chipboard.
Pictures show cupboards shortly after installation by customer, no handles on yet.

Alcove cupboard on right hand side

Alcove cupboard on right hand side

Alcove cupboard with doors closed

Alcove cupboard with doors closed