|Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake||posted 03-21-2010 01:15 PM||11278 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-21-2010 01:15 PM
Ok. My sister wanted her old oak kitchen cabinets redone. They were once hand made long ago; about 30 years. We removed the doors and sanded all the face. I’m almost making new doors. The old ones were of a questionable style and coated with a thick varnish that was very dark. I made new ones, and there were a bunch of them about 25, and they are all Red oak raised panel/rail and stile. That has all gone very nicely.
The question. She has good drawers. They are solid hardwood dovetailed boxes with an oak front. I need to remake all the fronts. After removing the handles I find that it seems the fronts are glued on. No screws. I’ve tapped with hammers and prodded with pry bars as much as I’d feel safe to not disturb these nicely made dovetailed boxes behind the drawer front. They just won’t come loose.
Does anyone have any experience with this dilemma and found or at least recommend a trade secret that allows these fronts to come loose?
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