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Pabs

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07-09-2011 04:24 AM

hey guys.

I’m about to start a new vanity for our bathroom
i’m using the following as an inspiration

lucky for me they had some pretty good details on page 8 of this pdf

one thing I’ve never really done are drawers.. .now, f I make a drawer front using plywood for the panel.. how is that screwed or attached to the actual drawer box?
normally I would use 1/4 inch ply for door panels.. .but at 1/4 I can’t really screw into it.. plus it won’t sit flush with the back anyway…
how is this normally done?

-- Pabs


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 07-09-2011 04:35 AM

What I see in your picture is inset doors with a flat panel as you stated. You should have enough room to screw from inside the drawer box and catch the drawer head stile. I would predrill though as those are pretty narrow stiles. Enjoy

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#2 posted 07-09-2011 04:37 AM

oh, you mean screw through the frame rather than the panel.. I suppose I should have room

-- Pabs

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#3 posted 07-09-2011 04:39 AM

Yes,

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#4 posted 07-09-2011 04:43 AM

cool.. and I’‘ll just glue some shims where the knobs will go not to collapse the panel
now of to figure out how much stock I need to buy for this project tomorrow!

thanks

-- Pabs

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#5 posted 07-09-2011 06:51 AM

Yeah, using undermount drawer slides will make it so you can
go with a wider drawer, which will allow you to screw into the
styles through the drawer box. I usually use washer-head screws
over a 5/16” hole in the drawer box, which gives about 3/32”
of adjustment in all directions.

You may find a flexible shaft screwdriver helps you tighen the
screws without bumping your knuckles.

The veneer in 1/4” ply won’t take a stain or varnish the same
way solid wood will. I’d suggest sanding the veneer back to
120 grit or so so it absorbs the finish pigment better. I don’t
have the method of matching ply to solid totally worked out,
but go to 150 on solid and to 120 on ply to to test.

A better-looking result in the same species will come of making
the panel 3/8” solid, with a raised back.

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#6 posted 07-09-2011 02:08 PM

hey Loren… you don’t think using side slides will give me enough room to screw into the stiles?
my stiles will be around 2” wide… should be enough left over to screw into no?

I’m either doing this piece with cherry or poplar. never done a full piece with poplar so I may try it… it’s easy to work with and cheaper than cherry that’s for sure… it will depend on what;s available at my hardwood supplier when I go I guess!

-- Pabs

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#7 posted 07-09-2011 04:26 PM

You lose 1/2” on each side for the slides, 1/2” for the
drawer side, and your groove for your panel is going
to be 3/8”-1/2” deep, so your screws holes have to
be right in the corner of the drawer box – which is doable
but very awkward.

You’ll figure these things out as you make stuff I guess -
I’ll never do what you’re planning because I think it looks
weird inside the drawer, but make one up and see for
yourself.

Undermount slides will give you about 3/4” more usable
width in the drawer box.

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Pabs

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 08:25 PM

question about building those drawer fronts.
if you look at the pic

notice the 3 drawers on either side.. wouldn’t it be smarter to build them as full door with three panels and then cut the door in 3.. in my mind that would be the best way to ensure that all sides line up perfectly.

basically build a door with rails and stiles of 2” wide and in the middle sections I would uses a 4 1/8” wide pieces. the 1/8 is to account for the saw kerf when I cut the door in the middle of those sections.
I build using mortise and tenon..
make the entire door 1/4 taller than I need (since I would be cutting twice at 1/8 each)..

any reason why this would not work or be a good idea?

-- Pabs

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#9 posted 07-18-2011 01:08 AM

You can use double stick tape to mount and align the stiles and then screw from the back.

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