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04-09-2016 12:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet mistake drawer fix

I am working on my first true cabinet project. Everything was going well till I went to install the drawers and the drawers (birch plywood) are 1/16” too wide for the cabinet opening after the drawer slides are installed.

Question is, how best do I solve this? My thought is to modify the face frame by removing 1/8” so it looks intentional. What other options do I have (short of rebuilding the drawers)?

I am really curious of the right tool for the job and how to cover up the ‘mistake’.


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#1 posted 04-09-2016 12:39 AM

Raise your table saw blade 1 3/4” high, and shave 1/32” off both sides of the drawer.

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 01:08 AM


Raise your table saw blade 1 3/4” high, and shave 1/32” off both sides of the drawer.

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 01:14 AM

Hand plane the sides of the drawers.

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#4 posted 04-09-2016 01:19 AM

Nice looking cabinet, shave the sides of the drawer and welcome to the learning curve.

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 01:23 AM



Raise your table saw blade 1 3/4” high, and shave 1/32” off both sides of the drawer.

- jbay


this is definitely the best and easiest solution

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#6 posted 04-09-2016 02:54 AM

I would use a dado blade to cut a 1/16” deep rabbet, just tall enough to house the slide. This assumes the drawer fits in the cabinet, but just won’t clear the slides. Adjust the rabbet depth until it fits.

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#7 posted 04-09-2016 06:04 AM

@pintodeluxe that is what I was thinking. Considering the drawers are plywood shaving off 1/16th would mess up the drawer.

I’m wondering, why did no one suggest opening the cabinet opening instead of modifying the drawers??

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 06:13 AM



@pintodeluxe that is what I was thinking. Considering the drawers are plywood shaving off 1/16th would mess up the drawer.

I m wondering, why did no one suggest opening the cabinet opening instead of modifying the drawers??

- jsmestad


I think he was talking about taking it of the drawer sides for the mating slide not the cabinet sides, how can you do that to the face frame?

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#9 posted 04-09-2016 06:40 AM


Raise your table saw blade 1 3/4” high, and shave 1/32” off both sides of the drawer.

- jbay

this is definitely the best and easiest solution

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#10 posted 04-09-2016 02:00 PM

Since your insides aren’t built out flush to the frame, Pinto’s suggestion actually would be pretty easy and less noticeable.

As for the suggestion of removing material from the sides…you asked for other options. This was just one, probably the easiest, and since you’re using plywood, I didn’t think high quality was the goal.

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#11 posted 04-09-2016 06:13 PM

I don’t think it would be very noticeable if you make the rabbet just tall enough for the slide.

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#12 posted 04-10-2016 01:42 AM

Maybe you could notch the face frame slightly where the drawer slides fit, to space them apart a bit. Obviously, you’d have to spread the back end out as well, but you’ve got plenty of room for that, and that’s easy to do.

I don’t know if the face of the drawers overlaps the frame, thus hiding this suggested repair (I’d guess this is the case, but I don’t know for sure).

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#13 posted 04-10-2016 02:01 AM

Why not go with bottom mount guides, if you have the space?............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#14 posted 04-10-2016 02:42 AM

jsmestad,

My approach to shaving the face frame is with a router, flush trim bit, and a chisel. First is to mill a piece of stock that can be mounted inside the cabinet against the interior side of the face frame stile. When mounted to the inside of the cabinet against the face frame stile, the face frame stile should be 1/16” proud of the milled stock. Stop blocks also mounted inside the cabinet against the upper and lower face frame rails but flush with the face frame rails should be secured in place. The stop blocks prevent the flush trim bit from removing material from the rails.

With the cabinet laying on its back, run the flush trim bit down the face frame stile with the bearing of the flush trim bit riding on the milled stock inside the cabinet. After the face frame stile is trimmed, use the chisel to square up the corners.

Since I would only want to do this once, measure carefully so that the correct amount of material is removed. Also, if the same amount is shaved from each stile of the drawer opening, balance is maintained and nobody will be the wiser.

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#15 posted 04-10-2016 03:05 AM

^ Or 20 seconds with a rasp.

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