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MarkSr

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05-16-2013 04:03 PM

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Hi LJ’s

I have had answers both ways on this and looking for your input.

I am making 8 drawers, 19” X 17”. Drawers are yellow pine, two banks of 4 drawers, 5-1/2” D with 3/8” plywood sanded one side for the bottom panel.

Question:

Do I glue the bottom in the slot or leave it free for movement???

What do you think??

Thanks
Mark

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")


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#1 posted 05-16-2013 04:07 PM

I’ve never glued ply bottoms in drawers. Just a small brad or two to keep ‘em from rattling.
Bill

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 04:10 PM

Thanks Bill.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#3 posted 05-16-2013 04:10 PM

Leave them loose. I do tack a couple spots to hold them as well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-16-2013 04:13 PM

I glue plywood drawer bottoms in place. Same as cabinet doors: if it’s plywood glue it, if it is solid wood let it float. There is less chance of a drawer failure if the whole drawer is glued together, as it becomes one rigid unit.

Of course, there are many good ways to build a drawer.

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#5 posted 05-16-2013 04:15 PM

it depends to me on the sides/ends joinery
as yours are real wood
with a ply bottom
and the movement of them each slightly different
no glue for the bottoms they just slightly shy of the dado bottom
if they are rabetted to the sides/ends
then yes glue and some nails or small screw fasteners too

if all is the same material
(like melanine or sheet materials)
i will glue them into place
as they will move together

but loose in dadoes is generally my choice
with good side/end joinery

hope this helps

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#6 posted 05-16-2013 04:19 PM

I’m in the process of building drawers as well.
I’m following Ed Pirnik’s instruction from Fine Woodworking in building the Not So Big Workbench. When dealing with the drawer bottoms, he says that it’s not necessary to glue the bottoms, but his preference is to use a small bead of glue.

So what I take from him is that – you CAN glue because it’s plywood, but it is not necessary.

Good luck.

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#7 posted 05-16-2013 04:45 PM

Thanks everyone, Sandra I copied Down To Earth Woodworker and his drawer joinery on Part #5 of making drawers. It’s a little different but extremely strong. Also I used a router grove for my bottom panel and the 3/8” fit perfectly, didn’t have to invest in a undersized router bit for “under size plywood”.

If you check out YOU TUBE, “Down To Earth Woodworker” drawer making part #5, he shows a very good lesson with his new joinery.

Thanks again to everyone.
Mark

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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