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Forum topic by PatP posted 09-28-2009 11:13 PM 1225 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatP

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09-28-2009 11:13 PM

Can someone tell me what the formula for building drawers is? I have the case built and now I need to build the drawers to fit. How much space, side to side and top to bottom do I leave for clearance? I am dovetailing the fronts and I’ve cut rabbets in the drawer sides for the backs. I’ve also cut kerfs for the drawer bottoms. Any suggestions are appreciated.

-- Pat>>> A Man Don't Learn a Lesson Unless It Costs Him Blood or Money!!!!!


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 11:30 PM

from your details it sounds like you’ve already cut the parts for the drawers…

regardless. it depends on what you use for slides (if at all), and your personal preference. usually full extension, or metal slides require 1/2” clearance on each side of the drawer

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#2 posted 09-29-2009 12:19 AM

Actually I’m not using slides. I have three frames at 5” apart that the drawers will slide on. I’ve cut the sides, and backs, from 1/2” birch ply. I cut dado’s in the sides for the backs. I can still trim the backs to any width I like. I am just now setting up my dovetail jig. One site I looked at talked about 1/16” from side to side.

-- Pat>>> A Man Don't Learn a Lesson Unless It Costs Him Blood or Money!!!!!

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#3 posted 09-29-2009 01:27 AM

I always shoot for 1/8th smaller than the opening, overall. That would be 1/16 on each side and top and bottom.

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#4 posted 09-29-2009 06:26 PM

Thanks Gene. That is what I’m shooting for as well.

-- Pat>>> A Man Don't Learn a Lesson Unless It Costs Him Blood or Money!!!!!

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