Fig. A: After measuring your drawer, draw your dream
organizer and measure its parts. Label the pieces.
Fig. B: This acrylic cement is applied with a needle
applicator bottle. Fig. C: Prop the pieces with square
scraps to maintain right angles. Fig. D: Weights
help maintain good contact while the glue sets.
Fig. E: For the finishing touch, break out the gas
torch for a professional-looking flame polish!
Bottom 19¾"× 10¼"
2 sides 19¾"× 23"
8 pieces 23"× 10"
glue it in place (Figure D). Add the dividers, the
other end piece, and finally the second side piece.
NOTE: The drawer is 2¾" deep, but the sides
and dividers are only 23" deep because they’ll
rest on the 1"-thick bottom piece. The same
math was used to determine the divider widths.
TIP: Weights will help maintain better contact
between the pieces, to make stronger glue joints.
3. Obtain your plastic or other material. I got mine
cut to size at a TAP Plastics store, so I didn’t need
any tools (you can also order from tapplastics.com).
You’ll also need glue and an applicator (Figure B).
6. To give the divider a professional look, you can
flame-polish the edges. A MAPP gas torch works best,
but you can also do it with a propane torch. Quickly
move the flame along the edges and watch them go
from dull to polished (Figure E). Make sure you wait
a couple of hours for the glue to fully dry first.
4. Peel the masking off one face of the bottom piece,
and off both faces of one of the long side pieces
( 19¾"× 23"). Place the side piece on the unmasked
face of the bottom piece. To keep a right angle,
I used a couple of pieces of plastic with a corner cut
off so they wouldn’t touch the glue joint (Figure C).
Gently squeeze the applicator bottle and drag
the needle along the corner formed by the 2 pieces.
Glue will flow into the joint and set in a few minutes.
7. Give the glue at least 24 hours to build up
strength. Remove the masking from the bottom,
then put the divider in the drawer and enjoy!
There are some great free how-to videos at
tapplastics.com with more ideas.
Special thanks to Jim Beddow at TAP Plastics in
San Rafael, Calif., for his help and advice.
5. Glue the pieces together in the order shown in
Figure A. Peel the masking off one end piece and
Conrad Hopkins is the director of human resources at TAP
Plastics, where he also conducts product training.