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Furniture Making Tutorials #5: Installing False Drawer Fronts

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Blog entry by BigRedKnothead posted 04-17-2014 03:52 AM 4212 reads 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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False drawer fronts are very common in furniture, but getting the fronts installed precisely can be frustrating. Here’s a little trick or technique for this task.

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Here’s the big ol’ drawer front I’m installing on my joinery bench. The front has already been edge planed and sized to fit. I like to use a steel rule as a spacer, it aids me in obtaining a uniform reveal around the perimeter of the drawer front.

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The first step is pre-drilling your screws through the front of the drawer. You need to size a bit that allows the screws friction fit. Then drive the screws so they protrude about an 1/8”.

Next, push the drawer in and lightly arrange the false front where you need it. Notice I have the steel rule spacing below. Then take a rubber mallet and tap firmly on the false front. The protruding screw heads will leave dimples on the back of the false front.

Locate the dimples and pre-drill them just a bit so the screws will bite.

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Last hold up the false front, slowly drive the screw a little more and make sure it aligns with the hole. Clamp it if need be. Drive the screws home.

Hope it helps, Red.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer



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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 09:54 AM

Nice tutorial, Red. Great timing too for an upcoming project.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 01:46 PM

Awesome. Thank you bud!

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 02:19 PM

Good job Red. Those cabinets came out sweet. Are you going to epoxy fill the voids in the faces, or just leave them as is?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 03:16 PM

Nice tips.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 03:28 PM

Excellent Tip Rojo! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 03:47 PM

Thanks guys. Thought it might save somebody a headache.

Paul- I epoxied the big cracks/checks for stability, the rest I’m leaving as is. I like the look.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 02:00 AM

Thanks for the knowledge Rojo.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 06:16 AM

Thanks for the tutorial Red!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 04-18-2014 08:08 PM

Good tip Red. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

-- Andy -- "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#10 posted 08-03-2014 11:54 AM

Lovely tutorial. Enjoyed reading and getting wiser.
Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#11 posted 10-02-2014 10:01 PM

Used this method for my bench, cept I used quarters instead of the ruler, had forgotten where I had read the method till just now.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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