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danriffle

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07-07-2009 02:00 AM

I dry assembled a long skinny drawer (about 21”x 7”x 2 1/2”) and it has a twist from corner to corner of almost 1/4”!

Any sly tricks out there to get these joints to behave?

Thanks,
Dan in WV


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#1 posted 07-07-2009 02:41 AM

1/4 ” is a bit. is the face of the drawer attached to the sides, or are you applying the face piece after? if so, i’d just plane the high corners….if it was a bit smaller of a twist, i would suggest taping sandpaper to a flat surface and just moving the drawer back and forth over it until it was flat. obviously if the face is already attached to the sides, an integral part, these ideas won’t work because you’ll have too large a reveal on the drawer.

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#2 posted 07-07-2009 02:43 AM

You might be able to take it apart and spray it were the twist is with hot water and clamp it to a flat surface and let sit over night.

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#3 posted 07-07-2009 03:51 AM

Wut kind of wood is it? Wut kind of joints?

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#4 posted 07-07-2009 03:54 AM

Start by taking it apart and checking each and every piece that it is perfectly square and equal dimension to the plan, or its opposite side/piece.

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#5 posted 07-07-2009 04:18 AM

You say it was dry assembled…
You did the right thing in dry assembly. I would do as Bruce said and check each part.
If you do not find the problem there then reassemble the drawer making sure you do not over clamp. A drawer 2 1/2” high can be twisted pretty easily by over tightening the clamps.

Keith

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#6 posted 07-07-2009 04:25 AM

reassemble a piece at a time to discover the offending joint, hopefully not offendiing jointS!

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 06:29 PM

Thanks for all the replies.

The joints are an odd variety—cove & pin. Sort of dovetail like in function, but different in form. Which is why I was looking for general advise on taming twist.

I’ll definitely disassemble and reassemble a piece at a time to locate where it’s misbehaving.

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