Is 1/2" ok for drawer fronts?

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Forum topic by Cory posted 06-18-2011 09:59 PM 1115 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2011 09:59 PM

I’m in the homestretch of a dresser/changing table project and I’ve got a quick question for you experts. I’m using solid cherry for some false fronts on the drawers. The drawer boxes themselves are solid 1/2” cherry with 1/4” ply bottom. I’d like to use continuous grain all the way through the drawer fronts, so I’ve selected some wide boards (about 10”). The problem is that after milling them 4 square, I can only get about a 1/2” inch thickness. Will that stand up to thousands of openings and closings? Should I bite the bullet and buy some 5/4 boards to surface down to a full 3/4”?

Thanks for the help.


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#1 posted 06-18-2011 10:17 PM

When I build drawers, using this method. 1/2” all the way. 3/4” would be alright if you’re cutting the dovetails into them, but the 1/2” will work fine for this method.

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#2 posted 06-18-2011 10:46 PM

1/2” is fine.

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 11:09 PM

It depends on the style of cabinets. Are the doors inset or overlay? If overlay the drawer fronts need to be the same thickness as the doors.

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