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Forum topic by drmfreek posted 09-06-2013 01:51 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2013 01:51 PM

I am working on a bit of a conversion project. I happened across a dresser that had no drawers for free, and decided to convert it. Instead of having two half-width drawers above two full-width drawers, I removed the lower divider and made cabinet style doors to cover the opening. I also reduced the depth of the entire thing by about 6”, to make it hug the wall when finished.

I now have the doors done and drawers as well, but I am running into some issues. While I made all the new items nice and square, it turns out the original dresser has a few corners that aren’t quite 90°. What that leaves me with is a uneven gap between the bottom of the drawer faces and the top of the doors. On the right side, it grows from just under an 1/8” to about 1/4”.

Since my wife would like to see this thing finished and painted sometime soon, I see one option outside of just not sweating it and moving on. I thought I might remake the right drawer face and make it sized to fit the space, taller on the right than on the left.

For those who have built more projects than me, am I just finding a problem where there is none? Missing a better solution?

Thanks for any advice!

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 02:12 PM

Did you build with loose drawer fronts? If so, just adjust the drawer front to solve the prob.


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#2 posted 09-06-2013 07:50 PM

Great way to recycle/reuse.. and it looks good. If you are going to paint it anyway.. I would alter the drawers. Either shave down both of them or add a glue a small piece of wood to the bottoms of both and shave with a plane down to the angle you need.

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 08:06 PM

1+ it looks like the drawer fronts are applied (not integral to the drawer boxes).
If so, just remove the drawer fronts and drill the mounting holes slightly oversized. This should allow a little wiggle room to get the look right.
If the gap above the drawer fronts is off a little, you won’t notice it. Just focus on setting the gap between the drawers and doors consistently. I have found thin strips of wood helpful to act as spacers.

Good Luck!

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