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Forum topic by david_larch posted 08-05-2015 07:48 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2015 07:48 PM

I am planning out an upcoming dresser build and could use some information / direction. It’s a simple chest of drawers with an internal frame. The runners will sit in a grove in the sides. Stretchers mortised to the runners.

My question is: which parts get glue and which do not, considering seasonal movement. I thought I saw this covered in a book but can not find it in my collection. Does anyone know of a book that substantially covers this

Also looking at Maloof dressers the runners are screwed to the case and the holes doweled over. Does this address seasonal movement?

Thanks for the input.


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#1 posted 08-05-2015 10:05 PM

david, I’m trying to understand your question. All the components you talk about, except the drawer sides, are rails, right ? You shouldn’t have to worry about movement for rails and the movement on the drawer sides (very minimal, unless you have exceptionally deep drawers) only affects the opening, which I assume will be made large enough to clear with some extra for, for instance, drawer removal.

If I’m missing something, please attach a sketch.

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 11:26 PM

If you have solid sides, don’t glue runners to sides all the way, just front so they can float in dado.
If you’re using plywood it doesn’t matter.

Often a shallow dovetail is used at the front of the runner to keep the sides form moving.
Check out the dresser build Doucette and Wolfe Youtube you’ll see what I mean.

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 11:44 PM

I found this article quite helpful when building a dresser:

Definitely don’t glue the runners all along the groove. Glue in the front only. You can put a screw in a slot toward the back. The internal frame only needs to be glued in the front.

Don’t know about Maloof dressers, but screws will allow for some movement if there is a lotted or slightly oversize hole.

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