HH and I visited PAM (Painter Artist Mom) and HBD (Handy Builder Dad) over the weekend. While taking a drive out in the country early Saturday, we stopped by to visit someone HBD helped recently.
You see, since retirement, he has become Handy Builder to many people. He renovates kitchens and bathrooms, adds porches, and pretty much anything people want to add to their homes. He is so handy – THE HBD!
I didn’t suspect at first that anything in this renovated kitchen would be this spectacular.
As we walked through the kitchen, Dad pointed to the corner cabinet and drawers.
It took a minute to realize what he wanted me to do. Normally, drawers butted together in a corner like this don’t open smoothly due to hardware interference.
You know this first-hand if you’ve ever moved into a house with regular drawers installed adjacent in a corner – only to find they won’t open or only partially open!
Watch carefully as I open the top drawer.
Hey! It cleared the knob without bumping! So, I pulled it out further. Do you notice anything?
Maybe you can tell the drunken secret from this angle.
Yes! It slides out at a very slight angle. Genius, right?
The adjacent drawer does the same thing, so neither one of them bump.
HBD immediately asked if I knew where he got the idea. I said no, and he reminded me that my oldest brother (of two), a home builder, did the same thing in the kitchen of a house he built for his family many years ago. He called it the drunk drawer.
My brother is no longer with us, but his drunk drawer solution lives on (and many other great memories like that).
HBD says you can’t get this adjustment from a stock cabinet company, but any carpenter worth his salt could do it. If you’re a handy DIYer, I think you could do this, too! It just requires aligning the drawer sides at a slant and running the drawer slides on the same slant.
I’ll share some pretty pictures from outside this house in this week’s What’s Blooming Wednesday (WBW #39 – Pond Therapy). If you’re not a regular follower, I invite you to subscribe in the upper right sidebar – and get your free eBook download. 🙂
Do you have corner drawers like this? Do they bump the knob or handle of the adjacent drawer?
Thanks, Handy Builder Dad, for showing us this neat trick!
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.