adjusting inset spacing

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Forum topic by rhett posted 05-22-2009 01:28 AM 929 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2009 01:28 AM

I am currently working on a credenza. My design calls for inset drawers, and I have fitted the drawers with a 1/16 reveal on all sides. The drawer fronts are KD flat sawn red oak. I was curiuos as to what others leave for their reveal and if they ever adjust the spacing for different wood species and their seasonal movement. On kitchen cabs I have always left 1/8 and have euro hinges to fall back on should things move. I want the look to be tighter on this piece, but not so tight the drawers wont open mid high humidity summer in KY.

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 07:16 PM

An interesting question, I wish I had advice for you. I’ll keep watching to see what others reply.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 10:15 PM

The thickness of a penny all around if building in the summer seems to work for me. On doors and one set of drawers I very slightly (I do mean slightly) beveled the edge all around so I could have the tight look and still operate thru the seasons. On the few pieces I have tried it on it has seemed to work out ok so far. If there is a better approach posted here I will defer to that, as I am definately no expert. I just try different things and see what works.

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 11:20 PM

I normally work within 1/16” all around drawers. I try to keep about 3/32” for doors. This keeps them from chipping the doors or styles when opening or closing. I am referring to these dimensions with the understanding that we are talking about euro style hinges. Beveling the edges will help a lot. However, be careful not to bevel to the face of the door. I have found it a good idea to stop the bevel about 3/32’ back of the face.

You can see the tolerances I deal with if you look at my website. Click on the portfolio section and look at the kitchen. The lower cabinets are all drawers. The bathroom vanities are also inset drawers and doors.

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