Top 10 technical questions answered – Classic Swift Drawers

Classic Swift Drawers






Classic Swift is a range of high quality standard sized oak dovetail drawers that are ordered from stock at Probox.

  1. When using Classic Swift Drawers with runners what is the standard space needed for runners

8mm space either side

  1. What is the thickness of the timber used to make the drawers?

13mm thickness on Classic Swift drawers.

  1. What runners work best with Classic Swift drawers?

We suggest using any Blum runners or Grass Dynapro runners from the selection on the Probox website.

  1. Are the drawers notched and drilled?

Classic Swift drawers are notched but not drilled, allowing you to choose your runners from a range of options.

  1. What is the turnaround time?

We hold Classic Swift in stock and ready to dispatch. The standard delivery time is 1-2 days, but if you need the drawers in a hurry then ring the office and we’ll do our best to meet your needs.

  1. What if I’m not sure about using classic swift because of the carcass size?

Classic Swift is designed to suit standard sizes 18mm (layon) or 36mm (Inframed) for standard sized units e.g. 600/700/800, call Probox if you have any specific questions.

  1. Are Classic Swift drawers finished?

Yes, the drawers are finished with a 10% lacquer

  1. What are the heights and depths available?

90mm high and 440mm depth

180 high with 440mm or 490mm depth

  1. Do you have a price list available?

All the prices are available when ordering on the Probox website. We also have a pdf price list available on request.

  1. How can I order Classic Swift dovetail drawers ?

Many people order on the Probox website, but you can also call on 01280 825776 to place your order and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

If you don’t have an account please have your details ready so we can set you up on our system.  You can also email us with your request and we’ll get in touch.


Probox cater for a range of kitchen styles with dovetail drawers in a selection of materials







Probox create drawers in a wide range of materials, including oak, walnut, beech, maple and birch ply.

All dovetail drawer options (except birch ply) are made using A grade select solid/ hardwood timber.  Hardwood offers a pristine finish and due its nature is very durable and resistant to wear and tear.

Solid oak is the most popular timber choice, partly because many kitchens are made using oak and also because oak offers a neutral tone that’s often used with painted panels, high gloss kitchen cabinets or other timbers.

Solid walnut is the most premium solid timber option and offers a dramatic dark tone, this can be used to create contrast in a kitchen design. This luxurious timber choice has been traditionally associated with chateaus libraries or high end wine cellars and by choosing walnut customers can incorporate this sophistication into the center of their home.

For a paler scheme beech or maple are other alternatives to oak. Beech is strong and durable with a close straight grain, polishes well and offers a small cost saving on oak.

Maple is more durable than oak and is one of the hardest woods suitable for kitchens, standing up to dings and dents, maple is priced slightly higher than oak.

All the Probox solid wood options offer a premium, durable and long lasting result, the choice of timber can be down to customer preference, colour matching, creating contrast or budget.

Birch ply is an economy alternative and is often used in very modern kitchens and also for bedroom or office furniture, this BB grade wood offers a 25% saving on solid oak.  Birch ply is constructed using solid birch veneers, with a quality birch face on either side and offers an extremely stable and solid material.

As well as bespoke made drawers Probox also offers ‘Classic Swift’ a range of solid oak drawers in a range of sizes, these drawers are hand crafted with dovetail joints are stored ready for dispatch. Classic Swift offers a cost and time saving for those that need dovetail drawers that match the sizes within the range (details on Probox website). Another drawer solution at Probox is ‘Eko’ in oak finish, these are drawer kits are made from of quality oak finish wood with dowel joints. Each pack comes with all the components needed to make the drawers, including screws and assembly instructions.


Notching for undermount runners Q&A







Probox offer the preparation needed to apply your draw runners, this is notching and drilling.

#Q What is notching?

#A Notching is small areas that are cut out of the drawer underneath to accept runners.

#Q Why would I need notching?:

#A If you are using undermount drawer runners then you will need notching to allow the runners to be fitted

#Q Do I need drilling?

#A When you apply undermount drawer runners you will need drilling to fit the runners. Probox offer this as part of the service to save you time. The drilling pattern will depend on the runners you choose. When you order your dovetail drawers, simply specify which runners you are using and Probox will apply the correct drilling pattern to suit.

#Q What about internal drawers?

#A If you are using the boxes as an internal drawer then you only need the notching at the rear of the box and we can design the box to have a 15mm drop front (this means the front is larger than the sides and the back). The drop front conceals the runners when viewing the drawer once fitted.


Probox expands range of Classic Swift standard sized drawers

Probox stocks a range of standard sized drawers called ‘Classic Swift’. These are solid A grade oak dovetail drawers in a range of sizes.

Probox has now expanded the range to include 180mm high drawers that suit 450mm under mount runners for both Lay On and In Frame applications.

The Classic Swift range is easy to order on our website. The dovetail drawers are then taken from stock and delivered out with protective packaging.

Daniel Wells, commented “Our customers have been asking for a drawer with a larger height, so we now stock a range of drawers with 180mm height that suit 450mm under mount runners, these are all now available to buy via our website”.

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Classic Swift standard sized drawers


Q&A with Jotham from Probox Drawers

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Jotham is an account manager at Probox Drawers, he has many years of experience working with dovetail drawers and spends much of his time guiding customers through the production process.

Jotham commented “Customers often look through our website and then ring us just to confirm a couple of points about their boxes, we are always happy to answer any questions people have”.

#Q I want a drawer box but I don’t want a separate drawer front, what are my options?

#A We can offer boxes that come with a handle cut out, meaning a drawer front/handles don’t need to be applied. With these boxes we can also offer a 15mm dropped front which is used to hide the runner and provides a neater appearance. We have a range of standard cut outs on offer, but we can also make cut-outs to your design.

#Q Do you offer laser engraving, I want to put my logo on the side of some of my drawers?

#A Yes laser engraving is a new option we are able to offer and means we can produce engraving with fine details and provides a nice colour contrast against the material.

#Q I know my carcase size, but what size should my drawer be, can you help me?

#A It depends what drawer thickness you want. If you go for our standard range which is a 13mm material then you need to deduct 16mm from your opening width but if you are having boxes with 15mm material, like the Birch plywood, then you need to deduct 12mm from the opening. These calculations work for the Grass Dyanpro, Blum Tandem, Blum Movento and Hettich Quadro runners which we can also supply at competitive rates.

#Q Do your drawers work with side mount or under mount runners?

#A Our boxes can be made to suit both styles of runner. If you are using under mount then we can also prepare the boxes ready for the runners.

#Q I want a cutlery tray but your standard layout doesn’t suit my requirements, what are my options?

#A We can make cutlery inserts and trays to your own layout, all we need is a drawing showing what you want with dimensions where relevant. We can also do the same with our bespoke spice racks.


If you have a question about a dovetail drawer project feel free to call us or email or get in touch with Jotham directly at


Product Focus: Bespoke Walnut Dovetail Drawers



Walnut is an increasingly popular, luxurious timber choice for kitchen designers. This deep and dark wood species has been traditionally associated with chateaus libraries or high end wine cellars. By choosing walnut customers can incorporate this sophistication into the centre of their home.

Walnut is very long-standing and this hardwood species is a great choice for surviving the everyday life of a kitchen. Probox use A grade solid timber to make walnut dovetail drawers.

Walnut is sometimes used throughout a kitchen design or coupled with fresh white cabinets, bringing a craft, traditional element to an otherwise minimal kitchen. Walnut also twins with silver, bronze or painted designs, as well as many other options.

Walnut dovetail drawers are made bespoke, with options such as notched to accept runners, shaped sides, stepped into edges, handle cut out front.  These options also apply to oak, beech, maple and birch ply bespoke dovetail drawers.


Probox also offer runners, with a wide selection to choose from including brands such as Grass and Blum.

Some kitchen designers specify FSC walnut dovetail drawers and we can provide this, as Probox is FSC certified.


Probox expands dovetail drawer branding and personalisation service with laser engraving



solid timber drawer boxes



Probox is the UK’s leading supplier of solid timber drawer boxes and has been a trusted partner of the kitchen and furniture industry for over 15 years. Probox has expanded its CNC router cutting service to now also include laser etching.

The new laser machine applies precision etching, this is often used to apply branding to dovetail drawers, by marking the side of select drawers with the kitchen or furniture manufacturer’s logo.

To have a logo laser engraved the customer just needs to supply their logo, as a pdf or jpeg along with their dovetail drawer order, they should also specify the size of the logo needed and give an indication of logo positioning on the drawer box. As part of the order process a pdf proof is supplied for customer approval.

Daniel Wells, Director at Probox, commented “Laser engraving is a popular engraving style for branding and personalising solid wood kitchen drawers. We are confident this new engraving machine investment will benefit our customers, enabling them to enhance their drawer boxes with high quality, precision engraving”.

The laser engraving bed is 1200 x 900 mm, which is more than large enough to cater for the branding, personalisation and labelling of dovetail drawers and kitchen accessories.  The existing CNC router cutter is 2440 x 1220mm, with an overflow CNC router machine that’s 600 x 1200mm.

Daniel added “By laser engraving the sides of dovetail drawers, kitchen manufactures can discreetly communicate that the kitchen was hand crafted by their particular company and brand the kitchen as a high quality bespoke design made by craftsmen and add to the perceived value of the kitchen.”

The laser and the router CNC machines can also cut shapes and the engraving is 3 axis.

Daniel added “We expect to run lots of kitchen and furniture manufacture logos on the new laser engraver as this has been the most popular request on our CNC engraving router, but we are also  open to any design ideas with cutting or engraving to enhance a joinery project”


Rowood handmade kitchens and joinery partner with Probox for dovetail drawers







Rowood Ltd is one of Oxfordshire’s premier specialist carpentry companies, based in Brize Norton, Rowood completes a wide range of carpentry projects, including kitchens, bespoke furniture, wooden windows and doors and etc.

Rowood has over 25 years’ experience and has built up a high profile client portfolio across Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds based on the excellence of their joinery. Rowood works with private individuals, companies with property portfolios, country estates and receives joinery commissions from house builders and developers.

Rowood use Probox to create their bespoke dovetail drawers, to be used in kitchen and furniture units.  Nick Roland, Director at Rowood Ltd commented “Probox produce very high quality solid timber dovetail drawers in the bespoke sizes we specify, this allows us to release internal resource to complete other joinery work and deliver projects in a timely manner”.

Nick added “We won’t compromise on quality and that’s why we would only use Probox as a bespoke joinery partner. I know we are not alone, as many other cabinet makers partner with Probox for dovetail drawers, with fantastic results”.

Rowood create bespoke kitchens, often in high end Cotswold stone or unique properties. When they draw up the project, if they use Probox drawers, they send a bespoke brief over and the drawers arrive at the workshop around 10 days later, ready for installation together with drawer runners.

Daniel Wells, Director at Probox commented “Probox work with many cabinet makers and bespoke kitchen producers, our specialist equipment, over 15 years’ experience and tradesman craftsmanship combine to make us the leading UK supplier of solid timber dovetail drawers”.

Probox offer bespoke dovetail drawers in a range of solid timbers, including oak, walnut, maple beech and birch ply. Probox also supply standard sized oak dovetail drawers that can be ordered from stock.


10 reasons why Probox dovetail drawers are such high quality




#1 When a customer orders Probox dovetail drawers online or places an order over the phone each drawer project is drawn up and quoted by an experienced team member, this ensures that the drawers always match the customer’s requirements.


#2 Quality draws start with the timber selection process and Probox only uses A grade solid wood timber. Before the manufacturing process starts the timber is sorted and any wood that doesn’t appear to meet our high standard we discard.


#3 Probox is FSC certified and sources FSC grade timber for all customers that require this specification.  The FSC logo is an assurance that the timber comes from a FSC certified forest and meets FSC standards.


#4 Probox only use single staves on drawers up to 150mm high, beyond that they are matched with quality in mind.


#5 Dovetail joints are precision cut using CNC controlled machinery, providing variable pitch dovetails, allowing for total freedom for the drawer heights. Probox can produce precision ‘traditional’ dovetails with pins wider than the sockets, this makes the dovetail joints more hand crafted in appearance.


#6 All Probox dovetail drawers are hand finished and quality checked buy a dedicated team.


#7 The drawers are hand sprayed with a 10% lacquer for lasting durability. Alternative lacquers are available and some customers ask for the drawers to be produced without lacquer so they can apply their own finish.


#8 A selection of drawer runners are available to buy on the Probox website and have been hand selected for their brand quality, with innovative options such as soft close and press to open.


#9 Probox offers an engraving service. Kitchen and furniture manufacturers often use this to apply their logo onto the sides of the drawers as a mark of the quality of their craftsmanship.


#10 All drawers are carefully individually packed before despatch, this ensures that no damage occurs on route to the customer.


Call 01280 825776 or click here to buy online


Eko oak finish drawer kits – Buy Online or Call Us


Eco oak finish drawer kits






Eco oak finish drawer kits are an excellent option for bedroom furniture applications, these drawers offer fantastic value in 10 packs and are also available singularly.

The Eko drawers are flat pack kits, easy to assemble and available to buy online with or without drawer runners and clips.

  • Oak finish drawers
  • Easy to assemble
  • 2-3 day delivery
  • Simple online ordering
  • Available with drawer runners
  • Drawers Ready to accept runners


Internal drawer fronts are also available to buy online and can be attached to the Eko oak finish drawer kits.

Grass Dynamoov or Blum Tandem

Drawer runners and clips are available online with Grass Dynamoov or Blum Tandem as options.

Eco oak finish drawer kits are made of quality oak finish wood with dowel joints, they are carefully packed and delivered within 1-2 days.  Each pack comes with all the components needed to make the drawers, including screws and assembly instructions.

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