I am making a dresser and this weekend I will be making drawers. Should I
make rabbeted dovetails or non rabbeted (rabbeted left and right on drawer
front with dovetails)? Why do a lot of furniture manufactures use rabbeted
What do you do most often?
Thanks, I have made many rabbeted front DT's with my Leigh. I do not put
slides on the sides of drawers on "furniture". Typically I build the drawer
to closely fit the hole that it goes into and need no slides. Once upon a
time I did make wooden slides but found that if I use hard wood for the
drawer sides and a hardwood runner/web frame for them to slide on and then a
touch of silicone "after" finishing, the drawer glides. If I am building
flush fitting I use through or half blind, if I am wanting to hide the gap I
use rabbeted DT's.
Until DJ indicated that the rabbet would hide a slide on the side I could
not see a reason to use a rabbet on a flush fit drawer. Learn something
new every day.
A rabbeted front can be used to hide slides in a flush mount drawer.
Usually, a rabbeted front is used to create an overlay to hide the
gap, as Leon is thinking.
By "slides", I'm thinking of wooden devices, but occasionally you'll
see metal cabinet-style slides in furniture.
** http://www.bburke.com/woodworking.html **
...and scroll down toward the bottom of "A few wooden drawer details",
where you will see some drawers in an old sideboard that have stood the test
One ot the interesting thing about these 100 year old, flush mounted, wooden
slide drawers is that the drawer front used a "rabbeted locking rabbet"
joint to attach to the front to the sides, while the drawer back was
dovetailed to the sides ... an interesting switch.
These drawers are the smoothest working drawers I've ever seen on a piece of
furniture, bar none ... and that includes modern drawer slides of all types!
So much so that I arranged a photo session with the curators just to keep
this particular method of wooden drawer slides fresh in my mind and
hopefully provide some ideas for future drawer makers.
Just finished 4 lipped drawers today for a desk .The drawers are rabbited at
the top and sides only so that a 1/4" lip is formed and the drawer edged
with a 1/4" quarter round. The sides are attached with conventional
The desk is in curly maple which is difficult to grain match.So I had to
slice a figured board into 1/4" thick veneers and glue up the drawer fronts
to get something looking decent ..........mjh
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