I made some dovetailed drawers for a dreseer the other night and
when gluing them up didn't check very accurately for square. 2 of the
4 are enough out of square as to be unusable as they will not close
correctly on the slides. The bottoms are removable from the back.
These drawers are 33" wide by 18" deep, 5/8" aspen with 1/4" hardboard
bottoms. Half-blind dovetails.
I am thinking that maybe if I remove the bottoms, put some glue in
the dado for the bottom, then install the bottom and torque the whole
thing into square maybe it'll hold its shape. Is this a waste of time,
or do you have any other ideas?
Thanks for any advice folks!
If the only problem is that the drawers are parallelograms /___/ instead of
rectangles |___|, but they're flat, then that might work. If they're twisted
as well, then you're wasting your time.
Depending on what type of glue you used, you *may* be able to reopen the glue
joints. If it's hide glue, heat and/or warm water will do the trick. I'm not
sure if Titebond can be softened or not; search the Google archives; I *think*
somebody mentioned a way to do that, a little while back. If it's Gorilla
Glue, you're screwed.
If you can't get the joints apart, you'll need to rebuild the drawers.
And if the drawers are twisted, then rebuilding is the only choice, because
that means that either your joints aren't cut square, or your wood isn't
straight. Either way, you'd need to start over.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
If heat and/or vinegar doesn't soften the joints sufficiently to let you
reposition them, all is still not lost.
Remove the bottom and cut the sides as close to the drawer front
and rear as possible. Re-cut the dovetails and reassemble. You'll have
drawers that are a bit shorter than before, but you will have salvaged
all of the materials and most of your labor.
If you used brads to secure the joints you may be screwed.
rob email@example.com (rob) wrote in message
try leaving the drawer together. see if you can rack it back to
square (i've used a clamp and some culls before). throw a bead of hot
glue around the underside of the bottom where it meets the
sides(assuming your bottom is in a dado).
Thanks for all the info gang. I like the idea of rerouting after
cutting the sides away. I can live with a drawer an inch shorter as
long as I don't have to waste all my wood rebuilding. I'll keep the
vinegar trick in mind for later. Thanks!
WTF gives here????
This isn't the first time I've responded to an RFI, only to have
someone else chime in hours later with the exact same thing and
then others respond to it and completely ignore mine.
Do my posts via scumcast not show up?
Am I a persona non grata?
Am I in everyone's bozo bin?
Maybe it is because when you chimed in starting your post off with "try
vinegar", you were the 3rd behind lopez and nospambob to mention that. Had
I not read the vinegar trick at the top of you post I may have read the
whole thing and not rementioned a similar solution. Perhaps since your post
began as 2 precious posts, yours was skipped over also.
Or, you could be right about being in everyone's bozo bin except mine.
LOL. That's rich.
Leon you confess to being too lazy to read the entire
post then you fault me for the way it's written. Keep
trying. Maybe one of these days you'll have an original
idea of your own.
I think you have to give everyone a break here. My news server seems to
drop some posts very quickly - I don't see your original post (or any others
that mention vinegar) but I do see some others, including your last one.
Some people (like me) may not see you post - so they try to chip in and help
out - not knowing the same answer has already been given.
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