I have noticed several kitchen jobs lately with all melamine drawers. Does anyone out there have knowledge about how they are putting these all melamine drawers together? Are they nailing and gluing? If they are nailing, are they filling the holes? Also, what are they filling the holes with? Any help would be appreciated.
From contributor K:
When I build melamine drawers, I pocket-screw the front and back to the sides from the front and the back. This way you cannot see the screws because the drawer front covers the screws in the front and you can't see the back of the drawer. I then staple the bottom on making sure that I am keeping the drawer square.
Another way is to dado the bottoms in so that you cannot see the mdf. (I use white vinyl backing for bottoms). I've seen them doweled together as well. I've also seen them where they are mitered so that the joint is wood to wood instead of melamine to melamine. I have also seen them nailed. It can be filled with white fill stick, but no matter what you do you can see them. I would prefer to use 1/2" maple apple ply pre-finished drawer material regardless of what the rest of the cabinets are made with.
I also put on the tape edging after the drawer is built, overlapping the joints which gives them even more strength. It is kind of a pain though. I don't like using the pocket screw method because you can see them when you take the drawers out.
I often stand inside these drawers to show the client how strong they are. When I use Blum Tandem tracks, I cut the front and back shallower than the sides to allow for track dimension plus a 5/8 bottom. I pocket-hole to the sides, and shoot 2" brads through the bottom into the front and back. This way I do not have to make any notches for the slides. I never had a drawer fail on me, even 36" deep pot drawers.