|Custom Kitchen Cabinets with 22" RV Propane Range installed|
One advantage of building your own drawers is that commercial cabinet drawers never go to the wall, so you loose valuable space. However, leave an extra inch for adjustments! Two drawers had to be reconstructed since they ended up 1/4" too deep! As a perfectionist, that simply won't work. Measure twice, cut once.
All of my drawers will have full extension, soft close slides (side mounted). You simply make the width of your drawers 8/16-9/16" smaller than the opening. This should explain why you must build your face frame first. I would also suggest making the drawer 5/8" shorter than the height of the opening. The drawer faces and cabinet doors will overlap the opening by 1/2" on all sides, so you will never see those gaps.
I have also decided to paint the cabinets with a semi-gloss white to brighten the kitchen and provide some contrast with the floor and walls.The picture above is the unfinished wood. It sure is beautiful which makes me reluctant to paint them.