I'm building kitchen cabinets for the first time - and hopefully last.
There going to be a lot of drawers. The top row of drawers will be
just a solid front, but the larger drawers below will look like the
I'm not sure how to construct these. Are they just frame and panel
Yep, looks like that to me, too. I just built a bathroom vanity with that
style of drawer and door fronts.
I like the bridle joint because it is easier to make than mortise and tenon
joints, and because I like the joinery to be visible (a la much Arts and
Crafts furniture). However, not everyone likes obvious joinery, and I
would not have used bridle joints for the kitchen cabinets.
"If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn't be here"
On 27 Oct 2004 10:31:55 -0700, email@example.com (Wyatt Wright)
When Greene and Greene did them (for that's clearly who was the
inspiration) they'd be through mortice and tenons. A pain to cut when
they're that small. I did them for these
but I wouldn't want to cut enough for a kitchen. For drawers, I'd do
them butted with the smallest possible biscuits. Otherwise dowels.
My pegs are extremely hard square timber, either African Blackwood or
English bog oak. I cut them several inches at a time on the bandsaw,
then point the starting end with an old pencil sharpener (the sort
with a pair of rotating helical cutters - blackwood is too brittle for
a rotating knife). They're chamfered on the tops, then hammered into
place. The tightness should be just enough to not have the hammering
blunt the chamfer.
Size details are crucial, so you really must prototype. The rounding
radius, peg size and position, and the step in thickness between
horizontals and verticals all makes a difference to how they look.
Basically yes. The pegs are probably added for decorations as they are not
Now a word of warning. If you notice the panel area is narrow and is
probably recessed 1/4" below front and back surface. I see that a knob and
bezel have been used on this drawer. Not just any handle or knob will work
well with this type drawer as you basically loose 1/4" in extension of the
pull that you use. Getting your finger between the pull and the frame of
the drawer might be a problem depending on your pull selection. Just
something to be aware of.
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