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Forum topic by rbterhune posted 09-29-2009 04:48 AM 3653 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2009 04:48 AM

I’m a new woodworker trying to learn new techniques or tips. I’d like my first project to be a nightstand with a flush front but I have a million questions about how to fit the drawer. To start off the million, what is the best way to ensure your drawer front fits the apron/cabinet perfectly? Also, I’ve notice that some drawer fronts appear to be cut from the same board so the grain matches perfectly…how is this done without ripping the board down into 3 parts?

Keep in mind that I have a TS, a router w/ table, and power hand tools.


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#1 posted 09-29-2009 09:02 AM

The easiest way for me to get a flush drawer actually flush is to make the drawer a little short, insert the drawer flush with the front surface and then glue blocks to the runner behind the drawer to act as stops. cheating? Probably, but it works every time…

To cut the drawer from the same board as is used ofr the front you can either slice it out with jigsaws and stuff (very tough to do and wind up with a narrow gap around the drawer) or slice the board up to cut the drawer front out and then glue the outer pieces back together. The grain matches up so well that decently prepared glue lines virtually dissappear.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 09-29-2009 01:47 PM

I lay out the parts on the boards before cutting them into the individual parts to insure that the project looks good. I use chalk to mark them out after the boards are planed and ready to go. I mark the parts in several places noting front and top so I know how they will go together. Make sure that you remark them if you cut the markings off as you dimension the lumber. I also lay them out on a large table so that they are in order. ( I have a large shop and am ablr to do this.)

I also plan and make all simalar cuts so that I only need to set up once. I also mill and cut another (cheap wood) to use as a setup peices to make most of my errors on that wood.

-- Hope Never fails

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