Almost done with my dresser.
Is it typical to glue a drawer front to a false front or just screws only?
I thought just screws would be better if I ever need or want to change to a
new drawer front.
What do you guys do??
I cut small slots or and slightly oversized hole in the front of the
actual drawer and use screws to adhere the front to it. That way I can
adjust the visible front of the drawer slightly to make it line up
perfectly to the overall piece.
Tim Daneliuk email@example.com
I always use truss head screws with a 1/4" hole to allow for drawer front
adjustment. A truss head screw is a washer head screw with a larger diameter
"washer". The number of screws depend on the size of the drawer front.
Description of the screw is at -
I always glue and screw them in place. Sometimes I glue and pin them
from the back and use the handle screws to pull it all together.
There can be a lot of pressure applied to a drawer front, especially if
using finger grips in place of a handle.
Regardless of what some of the "Elders" might think about this group. This
group is one of the best sources of wood knowledge not always accessible
from a book or magazine. I wouldn't trade this NG for 5 free years of
Post a question and bam, an answer in minutes!
Gotta love it.
<<I betcha the "elders" would like the group more if they actually
participated more and quit bitching. Additionally, I bet their elders
thought the same of them also.>>
Too true. Just like in life. Ever since I hit middle age I noticed
how dumb some of the young 'uns seem to be that are coming up in the
I have to remind myself of how I was looked at (and treated) when I
started out as a green as a gourd carpenter's helper. In that light,
there isn't any difference at all; the more things change, the more
they stay the same.
If I EVER hear myself actually say (after pulling my pants up and
spitting), "well when I started out, we didn't have all the fancy tools
that did everything for you, we had to figure it out.... you know... we
actually worked for a living" I hope I am smart enough to realize just
how damn old and intolerant I am getting and do something about it.
Use screws. Make slightly enlarged holes in the drawer box front, and
use screws with washer heads. I just did this and used some special
drawer screws with large heads from McFeeley's (no financial interest).
This also allows you to adjust and align the drawers accurately.
Avoids scrunching the wood, allowing some slight space allaowance for
the center solid portion of the screw. Also it helps guide the screw.
The screw still bites into what's left. It's the same principle as
for plastic inserts that screw into drywall, then a real screw goes
into them, ...but this is all in one. Wish I'd thought of it.
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