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Oakfan

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02-03-2010 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drawers square

I’m not the best at making drawers. I take my time and attempt to make them perfectly square and it’s hit and miss. PLEASE HELP !!

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!


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Gary

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 12:20 AM

How are you constructing the drawer? Box joints, miter, rabbits..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 12:47 AM

Are you measuring the diagonals to find square? Then, simply adjust a little with clamp pressure

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 12:59 AM

Cut all parallel sides exactly the same dimension. I use a trammel to check the inside measurments at the corners to make sure there equal. Don’t move them after squaring until the glue drys.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 02:42 AM

The first and most important thing to making ANYTHING square is to make sure that the facing pieces (i.e. drawer sides, front and back) are the same length. I do that by setting up a stop on my SCMS, and cutting all the drawer pieces.

During assembly, use a speed square (or a 6” try square) to square things up.

After assembly, measure the diagonals and bump the longest diagonal enough to square things up – or use a diagonal clamp to pull it square.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 03:38 AM

3D Squares are very helpful for me. kinda expensive but worth it.

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 03:41 AM

Another good point is to check your square for square many are way off right of the shelf.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 03:54 AM

send me that dog in your avatar and ill tell ya how to do it…deal…

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 03:56 AM

yea what sawkerf said…that ill do it…now send the dog…....we had a deal…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 03:57 AM

Also, if your pieces are not properly milled, you will have a hard time getting anything to come out square. A little bow here and a twist there and you are in trouble.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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Oakfan

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 02:40 AM

Thanks to all of you for your tips. I think all of them will be helpful.
Grizzman, I’d give U the dog but my Wife would KILL ME….........LOL

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!

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