What size lumber shoud I use for drawer fronts?

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06-18-2013 05:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: kitchen drawers mdf size

I’m about to make drawer fronts for the kitchen cabinets. I’ll be using MDF as the doors I just made are of that material and they will be painted. The boxes were made by a local carpenter – unlike me; a guy that knows his stuff. He took some rough measurements, went to his shop, built them came back and installed full extensions slides for all 7 drawers in a matter of 30 mins.

So now I’m tasked with building simple faces for these boxes. What thickness might you suggest.

Thanks folks.

-- Harold

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 08:55 AM

5/8 or 3/4” finished would be budget friendly. If you want something beefier, go 1” finished.

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 02:02 PM

3/5” finished would be enough thick for drawer fronts.

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#3 posted 06-18-2013 02:22 PM

Definately 3/4”.

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#4 posted 06-18-2013 05:34 PM

depends on what kind of profile you put on the front itself would definitely go 3/4 at least deep profile would give good shadow lines if you like them or thinner lumber with lite profiles do a test pc and see the look if it then use it, try different profiles and a different thickness and get the look you want trial and error is the way to go sure anything you build by hand yourself you will be proud of set up the tablesaw or handplane and start removing wood even a small panel raising bit will put a great profile on the front have fun is the main key

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 05:35 PM

MDF is going to be the same thing after it’s finished as it is when it’s installed, isn’t it.
I mean, it is not going through the planer or anything, is it?
I just thought you prime it, then top coat with paint a time or two with a light sand between coats; done.

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#6 posted 06-18-2013 05:55 PM

“He took some rough measurements, went to his shop, built them came back and installed full extensions slides for all 7 drawers in a matter of 30 mins”.

Wow! 30 minutes to make and install 7 drawers. This guy belongs in the guinness book of world records.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 06-18-2013 08:51 PM

Thanks folks for all the thoughts and ideas.

Stevo – you are right, I’m proud when I cut a straight line! So making these drawer fronts from scratch will be nice. I’ve been working on this rent for far too many months, but I’ve rebuilt the cabinet doors, put down a new floor, hung doors (that actually open AND close) and installing trim and more.

Alaska – after I posted this last night I wondered if anyone would read it that way. YOU are the winner! Just call 1-800-555-1212 to claim your prize – 7 days and 3 glorious nights in sunny Iceland!

-- Harold

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