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#1 posted 08-31-2016 04:32 PM

If you only need a few thousandths of an inch then iron-on white edge banding would work. You can cut it with a scissors and iron it on until the screws are in place. If you need more thickness you can apply to both sides of the box. I don’t know about stacking the plastic stuff, but the birch or red oak stuff that they sell at the big box stores can be stacked.

I usually make my drawers at the high side of the dimensions. So I am sometimes a bit tight but never a little loose.

If it is too snug, I simply run the drawer through on my table saw with the blade set to the hardware height. I can set the blade to take as little as 1/64” of an inch.

If the piece is way oversize, which has not happened yet, I would take a little off both sides. I use a rip blade and it makes a very clean cut. I use solid wood for my drawer boxes and this would not work for plywood boxes.

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