The two major points to remember when making drawers are to make sure that the sides are parallel and that the joints are strong enough to hold the drawers rigid. Glued and screwed butt joints are usually adequate, but remember to fit a false front to conceal exposed end grain.
Various techniques can be used to ensure that the drawer slides smoothly. In the rail technique, a framework of battens is built up to take the drawer. As the battens under the drawer act both as supporting rails and runners, the base must be recessed so that the drawer can slide easily.
To fit drawers using the cleat and groove technique, fix a single cleat on each side of the supporting framework to slot into a groove cut in the side of the drawer. Cut the groove to not more than half the thickness of the wood with a combination plane, or the drawers will stick. In the three cleat method, attach one cleat to the drawer and two to the frame, above and below it.
Top hanging is a method used for fitting a drawer underneath a table. Combine two cleats to form an L-shape and attach to the underside of the table. Then screw a single cleat to the top of the drawer’s sides to slot into the angle.