July 23, 2014
America's Premier Dovetail Drawer Company
Custom Options > Drawer Bottoms
Drawer Bottoms

   Bottom Thickness
  • B14) 1/4" Bottoms: for light duty drawers (Available in all species)
    1/4" bottoms are let into a 1/4" groove on all four sides
  • B38) 3/8" Bottoms: for drawers over 24" or heavy duty use
    3/8" bottoms are let into a 3/8" groove on all four sides
  • B12) 1/2" Bottoms: for drawers with spans over 36"
    1/2" bottoms are rabbeted into a 3/8" groove on all four sides

   Bottom Placement
  • Standard Bottoms Recess is 1/2" up from the bottom edge of the drawer
  • Other placement options are 1/4" & 3/8" up from the bottom edge
  • Bottoms can also be stapled on or rabbeted in flush upon request

   Bottom Types
B14-12
B14-38
B14-14
B14-R
B38-38
B38-12
B12-F
B12-14
B12-12
Using B14-12 as an example, the first set of numbers B14, refers to the bottom thickness, bottom thickness is 1/4". The second set of Numbers, 12, denotes the bottom placement as 1/2" up from the bottom edge.

   Notes on Bottom Placement relative to drawer height.

Standard drawer heights are on 1" increments and are determined by the drawer bottom groove location. In order to conceal the groove for the bottom behind the bottom tail while maintaining complete dovetails at the top, with a strong half pin at the top and bottom, the following criteria will apply. The maximum dado size to accept any bottom is 3/8". The dado for a 1/2" thick bottom is only 3/8", therefore the dado must be made 3/8" wide and 5/8" up from the bottom edge to achieve a 1/2" recess for under-mount hardware. The 1/2" bottom is then rabbetted to fit into the groove. The standard detail is a beveled rabbet to allow for nailing and gluing the bottoms in. A square rabbet can be ordered upon request if the bottom is exposed. Non-Standard heights can be ordered any size, but a set-up fee will be added to the cost of the job and an up-charge per drawer may apply as well. Non-standard drawer heights will result in the removal of the top dovetail and a set up fee will apply for each non-standard height.




Western Dovetail Ships Directly to the Customer
Completely assembled and finished drawers are shipped from Western Dovetail to any destination in the USA. Most orders ship in 5 to 7 days. Local orders can also be delivered in the company vehicle. Delivery is available for most shops in the Bay Area. Other California destinations are shipped overnight and arrive the next day. Shipments outside of California are sent via common carrier or UPS at the best possible rate.



Outsourcing dovetail drawers offers many advantages for the high-end cabinet shop.
For over 15 years, Western Dovetail has consistently delivered completely assembled and finished dovetail drawers to the finest cabinet shops in America while offering:
  • Expert advice
  • More options
  • More Species
  • Constant Improvements
This gives your business:
  • Reduced labor costs
  • Reduced down time
  • More Space
  • Less Maintenance
  • Fixed drawer costs
  • Guaranteed accuracy
  • Reduced inventory
  • Increased capacity
  • Less special equipment
  • Consistent product
  • Fixed completion dates
  • Increased profit



Drawer Tip

Any order can be specified as NATURAL, SELECT, or PREMIUM.
  • NATURAL is the standard grade for solid wood drawers and allows for natural color variation, some mineral and small closed knots.
  • SELECT jobs are hand selected to higher standards with no knots or stains.
  • PREMIUM drawers are carefully color matched and have no knots or stains, and minimal color variation, only the highest quality materials are used.