Repurpose An Unused Drawer Into A Portable Drawer

Maybe you have an old chest of drawers that is falling apart, or you found an abandoned drawer along the highway. Either way with a couple of wood slats, glue and woodstain, you can turn that landfill-bait into a portable drawer that can be used anywhere in your home.

Budget furniture modification blog IKEA Hackers offers this repurpose hack using a drawer from the IKEA MOPPE mini chest of drawers that are not available in the US. Fortunately this hack can work with just about any kind of drawer. Simply cut an angle into the 2x3 slats so you can screw them together into a handle which you attach to the drawer and stain/paint the whole thing to match. You can see the full process if necessary with photos at the source link below?

What would you do with a portable drawer? It depends on where it's attached. If you clip the drawer to your dining room table it might hold placemats, cloth napkins or serving utensils. Attached to a kids playtable it might have washable markers, toy cars or other kid needs. On your workbench? Add your frequently used tools.

Portable drawer …. a box of second growth ... [IKEA Hackers]


    Looking at the design of this thing all the weight is being supported by the dovetails at the front. There should be support from the handle to the bottom, not the front!

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        haha?! please elaborate.....

    I lived in a loft in Amsterdam that had something similar fitted into the stairs leading to the loft. Instead on one central arm they had two at either end. Was a great way to have heaps of easy access storage.

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