I am using 1/2 birch plywood as the sides, front and back of the drawer box and will have a 3/4 inch drawer front with overlay (3/8). I would use 1/2 ply on a drawer of that size an the weight you have. I know NOT to glue the drawer bottom in place so as to allow for expansion and contraction. I can also get 1/2 AC plywood, but that seems a bit thick.
Can I get away with using a pine plywood that’s 1/2 thick? The bottom is usually 14-thick plywood for small drawers or 12-thick material for bigger drawers, or drawers that will hold heavy objects. Tops, bottoms and backs are 1/2 thick. Drawer boxes are 3/4 thick solid wood with dovetail joints. Top edges of drawer box sides have a slight radius.
The small ones are half the height of the large ones but otherwise the same dimensions. The drawer construction is box joints with a groove cut into the drawers with the bottom fitting in loosely. I will admit that probably the number one advantage of solid wood over plywood might be the fact I don’t have to worry about crappy/thin veneer faces, or the part becoming delaminated over time due to bad manufacturing but other than that I can’t think of anything more that would convince me it’s overtly superior. I usually use ply for drawer bottoms and carcass backs. Plywood and Melamine drawers in dowel corner construction.
Wood Thickness For Dresser Drawers
Plywood sizes are nominal. Non-mortise Hinge 5/8 x 1-1/2, Pair. Generally, drawer sides house a groove capturing the drawer bottom, said groove projecting about 1/4 into the drawer side. This groove weakens the drawer side, requiring that it be at least 1/2 thick. To add pulls to your drawer fronts, choose the best face of your 1/2 plywood stock. Our solid birch veneer plywood drawer sides are ready-made, for fast drawer assembly.