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Forum topic by Ben posted 516 days ago 577 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I have several wide, single board drawer fronts, the biggest being 10 1/2” wide by 29” long.
I have applied finish to both sides, but i already notice slight cupping with the board sitting on my workbench the past few days. Maybe 1/32 or 1/16th.

The drawer front screws seem to have mostly corrected it, but I’m worried that since the bottom screws are so far up from the edge (given the 1/2” space for slides, 1/2” bottom, and then space to hold the drill) that it might still want to curl up on the bottom edge.

Do you guys ever run a few screws underneath the drawer bottom in that little 1/2” strip of hardwood?

The wood was air dried several years, then acclimated inside my house for at least a month before milling and finishing. Any reason to expect problems?


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#1 posted 516 days ago

Couldn’t hurt. I’d predrill for sure and wax the screws to avert splitting as much as possible.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 515 days ago

Working with wood is never exacting. You will find antique furniture built 200 years ago with ill fitting panels, doors and drawers due to changes in humidity and temperature. Sometimes, if you are lucky, the wood will remain flat, but don’t count on it. We are talking stability here and wood is far from being a stable material. Even metals are not perfectly stable. We just have to accept the variences wood and metals present and do the best we can

Many years ago, I bought a dresser made of rosewood in Thailand (humid). I lived in San Francisco (dry) at the time and the dresser readjusted itself to suit the lack of humidity. Drawers wouldn’t open, doors were twisted, glue joints failed.

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#3 posted 515 days ago

10 1/2” is pretty wide for a single board. I would cut it in half and glue it back together.

-- Joe

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 515 days ago

Do what Lee said.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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