|Forum topic by petergdenmark||posted 644 days ago||3483 views||1 time favorited||16 replies|
644 days ago
I am in the process of building some drawers for my shop, and wondered if there is any problems associated with gluing the drawer bottoms into rabbets?
I realize it constricts the wood movement, but using plywood, that isn’t really an issue. Further more – the glue is stronger than the wood, so instead of making a groove that the drawr bottom can slide into, why not just use a router to make a rabbet in the drawer sides, and glue the bottom panel in and reinforce it with some screws?
This being shop furniture, where function beats form, my thinking is:
- Not having to make a groove 1 inch from the bottom, gives you more space in the drawer (this is the most important reason for me).
I follow Matthias Wandel of woodgears.ca, and he always seems to glue his bottoms into rabbets – even the ones for heavy duty use. Now – i’m not saying he’s a guru, but he’s not the worst woodworker in the world either :).
Now if i was to use a solid wood bottom panel, that would be a different story, but isn’t the convention of the groove and floating panel just a case of “better safe than sorry” when applying it to sheet material?
Just a small side question: I’m building my drawer sides out of 3/4 (18mm) 11-ply birch plywood, and could save a whole (very expensive) sheet, if i oriented the drawer sides “cross grain” in one of the drawerss, in my cut list. I know it’s stronger going with the grain of the outer ply’s, but using 11-ply birch, wouldn’t it be strong enough anyway?
Thanks – all this plywood and full extension drawer slide business i very unfamilar to me :)
-- I'm from Denmark, but live in Sweden.