|Forum topic by ppg677||posted 04-01-2016 05:15 AM||799 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
04-01-2016 05:15 AM
I’m attempting my first chest of drawers. The drawer openings are ~30” wide and 7” high. Now I created a stretcher/runner frames as shown in the pic. But I think I screwed up on the Dados. First, for some dumb reason I only did 1/8” deep dados. I glued the front stretcher part of the dado and left the rest unglued to account for movement.
Second, unlike a couple Finewoodworking.com examples I’ve found, I did not use a sliding dovetail to reinforce the stretcher on the front and the back. Just dados. That’s it.
And finally because of my lack of precision, a few edges of my stretcher/runner frames were only being held up by a tiny bit of the dado. In the picture shown, one of the 4 corners of the frame is held up by just a tiny bit of the Dado. I ended up attempting reinforcement on these few corners by using a pocket screw (and I attempted to create a “slot” in the pocket screw hole so that case movement is not restricted).
At this point I’m wondering whether these wood stretchers held up by 1/8” dados are going to be sturdy enough to handle these big drawers filled with clothing.
And that maybe I should just abort on the wood glides (keep them in placed since they’re glued in and I can’t remove) and install metal runners.