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Blog entry by James E McIntyre posted 02-19-2021 06:28 PM 910 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Cutting down the old over lay draw fronts.

I cut the old drawer fronts down to just over a 1/16” reveal on the sides of the inset.

I use a thickness planer belt sander and hand plane to zero in on the thickness of the drawer fronts to flush them with the face frame.

There are 1/4” x 1-1/4” x1-1/4” oak stops behind the frame to prevent the draws fronts from moving past the face frame.
These were glued, clamped and pin nailed in place.

Using Formica samples, cardboard and paper to space the drawer fronts in front of the drawer. I use my eye to space the sides.

I’ve seen a deck of cards used on the instructables site.


Here I’m placing double sided tape on the draw front. It’s clear and may be hard to see in this photo. One 1-1/2” piece on each side works well to much would make it hard to remove the front. I use mounting tape its thicker and works on uneven surfaces.


Press the draw front to the drawer. Make sure your spacers are still in place and the spaces are equal around the face before doing this.

Pre drill for your hardware and use these holes as a temporary hold to attach the front to the drawer.

I’m using Hillman 1” square drive pocket screws. These 1” screws won’t go through the inside of the drawers and will also be used to attach the face to the drawer from the inside of the drawer.

The washer heads in these screws also allows me to adjust the fronts if needed by drilling the holes slightly over sized. I can loosen the screws adjust the front and then tighten them.

These screws were in stock at Lowe’s and not at HD.

Now I clamp the face to the drawer and attach the drawer front with the 1” square drive screws through pre-drilled holes in the draw box.

These self tapping screws with square drive heads allow me to screw them into the oak drawer face.

The drawer fronts can now be removed stained and finished then replaced after the face frame is finished.

-- James E McIntyre



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#1 posted 02-19-2021 07:26 PM

What a great idea! Very clever, you are so skilled. I always enjoy your projects, you do an excellent job. Thanks for sharing, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#2 posted 02-19-2021 08:10 PM



What a great idea! Very clever, you are so skilled. I always enjoy your projects, you do an excellent job. Thanks for sharing, Joe

- Joe

Thanks Joe.

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 02-19-2021 08:17 PM

Nice looking fit James! Overlay drawers are great for hiding slop, but I see the bonus in that you can make flushies out of them!

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#4 posted 02-19-2021 08:41 PM


Nice looking fit James! Overlay drawers are great for hiding slop, but I see the bonus in that you can make flushies out of them!

- splintergroup

Thanks Spliner. You always know the technical terms when it comes to wood working. (8^). I hope you don’t mind me using your emojis.. Lol

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 02-19-2021 10:41 PM

Yabut, yours is wearing a ball cap! You really should be wearing a mask 8^D

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#6 posted 02-20-2021 01:43 PM

Great blog and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 02-20-2021 08:58 PM



Great blog and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

- Bobsboxes

Thanks Bobsboxes

-- James E McIntyre

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