I'm making a bunch (10) of drawers for the pair of his and her vanities I am
making. Easy to make because each of us (me/wife) get five in a stack which
means they are all the same width and length, only variation is in the depth
(6 - 3 1/2", 4 - 7"). (I have five more to make later but the size is
different as is the manner of construction.)
Normally I like to make joints, including drawer grooves, an easy fit; by
that I mean I don't want to have to use a hammer to get things together but
I don't want any wobble or rattle...I want to be able to press them together
with my hands. For bottoms, I normally make the grooves VERY slightly over
the material thickness, ease the bottom's edges slightly and all goes
Not this time. The 1/4" ply - which is actually 3/16" - was slightly warped
and I knew it would be a bear to get everything together so I made the
grooves 1/32" over. All goes together well but naturally there is a gap
between the bottom and the groove. I fixed that by ripping off a strip of
stock with the saw blade at 4-5 degrees; that gets me a strip of wedges.
Cut off a bunch so they are about 3/4" square, dab of glue, slide them into
the crack on the bottom side forcing the bottom up and no more crack, no
more rattle. Is that cheating?
And while I'm on the subject, does anyone else use a wedge to fill in a gap
in other imperfectly fitting joints?