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Forum topic by davidryno posted 04-27-2017 11:02 PM 484 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2017 11:02 PM

Hi. I have a nice old dresser whose second from the bottom shelf is bowed. Any ideas on how to repair this?

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 12:23 AM

I don’t know your skill level or the tooling you have available but heres some thing a weekend warrior with a table saw could do pretty easily:
1. Cut the bent horizontal dust panel framing member at each end, just inside the vertical ends. Use a Japanese pull saw or flush cutting saw for this operation. The important thing here is to minimize the size of the kerf cuts.
2. Rip the front face of this framing member at the table saw, about 1/4” to 1/2” thick. What your looking to do here is salvage the front face beading detail, and eliminate getting involved with color matching and finishing later on in the project.
3. Cut a new piece of framing. This piece should be as long as the original face frame member, and wide enough so that its width plus the width of the beading you salvaged, is equal to the original width of the framing member. The dimension of this piece should be thickness planned to match the salvaged beading.
4. Route a groove in the back of this new framing member to accept the dust panel, which will be fitted later.
5. Glue the salvaged beading to the new framing member.
6. Now for the fun part. If you have a Domino or a biscuit joiner … cut your mortises in the end panels, and in the ends of the framing member. The mortises in the framing member need to be cut so that they are slots as opposed to closed mortises. In this way, the member can slide over a Domino or biscuit which has already been inserted into the end panels.
If you don’t have a Domino or biscuit joiner, then cut pocket holes so you can insert a couple fasteners at each end of the framing member.
If no biscuit joiner or pocket hole cutter just use a metal angle at each end. Fasten it to the bottom of the framing member and inside each side panel. This may require you to trim the sides of the bottom drawer, should you create a clearance problem with the metal angle … just hit them with a block plane and chisel.

Its difficult to see from the photos how the dust panel abuts the side panels. Usually the dust panel is enclosed by a frame, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. You may need to cut /bend/patch the thin dust panel to get the room to negotiate your power tools … but it’s only a dust panel, non-structural and can be readily patched.

I hope this helps … any questions just yell.

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 01:57 AM

Is it causing the bottom drawer to bind? If
so, I would consider shaving the drawer box
down so it doesn’t.

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