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Forum topic by Hesed posted 02-19-2018 03:23 AM 317 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hesed

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02-19-2018 03:23 AM

What’s the best way to assemble drawer boxes from 1/2 inch, prefinished drawer sides? I picked some up last time I was at my hardwood dealer, without really thinking through the construction.

Because they’re only 1/2”, pocket screws are out. Because they’re prefinished, glue won’t be much use.

What would you do?


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Loren

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 03:28 AM

Rabbets, glue and a few air nails is the easiest, imo,
for a cabinet maker class of drawer box. These
boxes hold up well with ball bearing slides.

If using “self closing” drawer slides, cheap center
mount slides or wood-on-wood action you might
want to consider a drawer-lock joint, dowels,
biscuits or even dovetails.

That said I’ve seen nailed carpenter-style drawers
hold up well with 3/4” sides sliding on wood web
frames, even in kitchens. The action isn’t smooth
though and as the drawers wear they bind.

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 03:46 AM

Here is how I like to make them.
Notice the 7/16” end. I like to cut off the 1/16 to get rid of the finish so glue can grab.
I have done them without taking that step and the boxes are still strong enough.
(Of course you have to manage the variances in thickness)

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 06:01 AM


Here is how I like to make them.
Notice the 7/16” end. I like to cut off the 1/16 to get rid of the finish so glue can grab.
I have done them without taking that step and the boxes are still strong enough.
(Of course you have to manage the variances in thickness)

- jbay

+1. You can whip that out with just a slot cutting bit on your router table in no time.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 06:47 PM

Thanks guys!

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