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     The client had recently purchased a town home with a kitchen of cherry cabinetry. One of the units was a pantry with nothing more than adjustable shelves. A contractor had installed pull out drawer units at the homeowners request. He built the pull out drawers using poplar with thin plywood bottoms. He mounted each drawer on a single bottom mount drawer guide. The results had no esthetic connection to the beautiful cabinetry of the kitchen, and the drawers all rocked side to side due to a single supporting guide upon which the drawer had to balance. The work of the contractor is shown in the top row of photographs.

     Careful measurements were taken of the cabinet interiors and new drawers were constructed. The drawers were made of solid cherry and stained to match the existing cabinets. Now the pull out drawers match the esthetic of the cabinet woods. And, each drawer has been fitting with a handle that matches the existing cabinetry hardware. That solved the esthetics issue. Each drawer is now supported by two bottom mount guides with a load rating of 200 pounds for the pair. This eliminates the instability of the old  drawers. The drawer guides are mounted to solid cherry cross members, whereas the old drawers had the single guide screwed to a thin plywood drawer bottom. The new drawers are rock solid and quite stout. And they look like they are part of the original cabinets, although these drawers are truly an upgrade even to drawers in the other base units of the kitchen cabinets.

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