I love my electronics component drawers. One set was inherited from my father, and is probably close to 40 years old. But over the years they’ve been stepped on, smashed, or just plain lost.
I decided it had been long enough, and set about building some new drawers out of plexiglass.
What you’ll need:
- speed square and level (or long T-square)
- razor blade
- fine-tipped permanent marker
- acrylic cement
Like knocked out teeth
These drawers were obviously in need of rejuvenation.
Here's the surprisingly small number of things you'll need.
Using an original drawer as a template
Measure the width of the original drawer.
Mark the width
Use this measurement to set the width of the bottom of your new drawer. Make a mark.
Draw a line from the mark
Start on a machine-cut edge to ensure your line is square.
Finish with the level
Extend the line you made with your straight edge. Alternatively, you can just use a T-square.
Score the line
Use the dull edge of a razor blade to score the line. You may have to run it across five or ten times.
Break it off
Set the plexi on the edge of a flat surface and push down to break it along the line.
Gauging the length
Use the calipers to get the measurement for the length of the original drawer.
Before cutting the walls, make sure you take into account the thickness of the bottom of the drawer.
Reducing the Length
Remember that if the front and back edges of the drawers are right on the end, we'll have to take double the plexi thickness into account when cutting the long walls.
With all the cuts complete, we're ready to put this one together.
A simple funnel
To get the acrylic glue into the applicator bottle, I fashioned a post-it note into a quick funnel. Good trick if you're in a pinch.
Glue the first piece
Acrylic glue sets up in about a minute, so you'll have to hold it for a bit.
Front and back glued
It's good for the ends to have some give to them. If they're rigid, you might have trouble fitting the sides in.
The drawer is ready to serve diodes, transistors, potentiometers, or whatever suits your fancy.