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06-06-2016 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blum blumotion soft close soft-close inset integral drawer drawers drawer front

I am building a cabinet with large, frequently used drawers on a craftsman style piece. I like the look of dovetailed drawers with integral fronts, but am not willing to deal with binding wood slides on this project. I decided on the Blum soft close undermount slides, and the drawers will be inset.

Has anyone built inset drawers with integral fronts (as opposed to applied fronts)? I do that all the time, but have never tried it with soft-close slides.

I was considering rabbeting the integral front to allow half blind dovetail construction at the front, and through dovetails at the rear. It seems overly complicated though. The rabbet would hide the gaps necessary for the Blum slides, but the width of the rabbet would have to be spot-on for a good fit. There isn’t much room for adjustment once the drawer is built.

Maybe I’ll go back to my original plan of applied drawer fronts. They can look a tad bulky, but since my drawer boxes are made from 5/8” stock perhaps it will be okay.

Suggestions? Has anyone done this with success, or do I ask too much?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush


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#1 posted 06-07-2016 02:54 AM

Although I have not done this, I have been thinking about this same issue. I think I remember Mark Kornell doing something like this. Check the Furniture Makers thread. I think it was there that I saw it.

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#2 posted 06-07-2016 03:17 PM

Okay I’ll look for that information. Thanks.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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