I have to re-build a drawer for a kitchen cabinet, and it's a 1/2"
(maesured) hardwood. But finding replacement "drawer wood" is somehow
difficult. Modern drawers are 3/4in; big box stores (HD, Lowe's) have
selections of 3/4" but not 1/2", and poking a bit on the internet I see
notations for hardwood thicknesses of 4/4, 6/4, 8/4. but nothing
resembling (as I understand it) what might be called 2/4<?>
I'm going to a real lumber yard this weekend. Anything information
that would help me out would be appreciated.
Rarely do you see 1/2" wood. You can buy plywood that thickness. If I need
1/2" I take the next larger size and plane it down. Easy for me as I do
woodworking for a hobby and have the equipment. Most people don't. How
about friends or neighbor that may do woodwork? With a bandsaw you can take
even thicker wood and re-saw it to the dimension you want.
Where do you live? How much do you need? Perhaps someone in your area will
do it for you at a nominal cost.
A planer...wery nice. Perhaps later. There is a fellow in the
neighborhood that got a circular saw for some holiday and he's been
cutting on something every weekend for months, now.
I'll ask around, around here (Albany, NY).
On 21 Jun 2006 19:31:57 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I find this hard to believe. Drawers sides are typically 1/2" thick.
Drawers with 3/4" thick sides are unusual, heavy, and take up
additional drawer space. However, drawer fronts are often 3/4" thick
or more. For your situation, you might consider a furniture-quality
9-ply (possibly birch) that is sold at Home Depot. This ply doesn't
have the voids common with most ply, and it is imported (I believe
from Russia). Not cheap, but you don't need much for your drawer
I found it hard to believe, as well. Not only my kitchen cabinet
drawers, but also the drawers in a desk and dresser I have from the
'60's, and even a new dresser from an unfinisher furniture shop all use
1/2 in stock for back and sides. I've heard of that "Baltic Birch" but
was unaware HD carried it. I'll go check. Heck, even some free
dresser plans from Popular Mechanics on the web use 1/2in stock for
sides and back.
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