Is 1/2" ok for drawer fronts?

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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 1167 days ago

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 1167 days ago

1/2” is fine.

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#3 posted 1167 days ago

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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