|Forum topic by groland||posted 08-24-2013 04:47 PM||1392 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-24-2013 04:47 PM
I notice a lot of solid hardwood drawer sides are made of lighter-colored woods than drawer fronts. I see cherry and walnut-colored fronts with blonder woods on the drawer sides that look like poplar, oak or maybe ash? I’m new to all this—have just made drawers out of 1/2-inch birch plywood before.
What are the most common woods used for drawer sides in such applications? What considerations go into choosing such woods—costs, workability, etc.?
Most drawer sides seem to be made from 1/2-inch stock. Since 1/2-inch thick lumber is not widely available, I am wondering how you obtain such wood economically? Would buying wide, rough-cut lumber and resawing it to halve its thickness be good? If so, what thickness would you recommend?
Finally, I recently read an article about dovetail saws. I guess I am primarily interested in Western “backsaws”, but I believe the author was recommending buying the deepest such saw rather than a very short-height blade and rip teeth.
Any help appreciated,