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Forum topic by one60fourth posted 06-27-2017 06:56 PM 452 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2017 06:56 PM

I’m making drawers for some face frame cabinets. I’m using 3/4 baltic birch ply (actually 11/16) for the sides and 3/4 poplar for the drawer fronts. I know 3/4 ply is a bit thick for drawer sides but I had plenty of baltic ply leftover from cabinet construction and want to use it up.

The birch ply is good to go. All I need to do, I believe, is joint one edge, rip to depth, and cut to length. But here’s my question:

I’m cutting my drawer fronts (inset drawers, about 20” wide) from 3/4×7 3/8 milled poplar which I’ve stored flat for several weeks. All the fronts will be cut from the same 7 3/8×3/4×16’ board. NOTE: For a couple of the deepest fronts I’ll need to rip 4” widths of poplar and glue and clamp them to the 7 3/8” board to achieve adequate depth.

Do I need to face and edge mill each of my fronts (I’m making fully inset fronts) including even the ones that won’t be glued and clamped? The 16’ board I’m using looks extremely flat so I’m wondering if I might be able to get away with just just jointing one edge, ripping to depth and then crosscutting to width. Also, I have a 6” jointer so any front deeper than 6”, i.e. all my drawer fronts, will require extra effort to deal with the overlap.

A shortcut is enticing, on the other hand, I wouldn’t want the front to start square but then go out-of-square after the drawer is made.

I welcome your comments.

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#1 posted 06-27-2017 07:15 PM

Get a 24” straightedge, mark out the drawers
on the longer board and assess each segment

When there’s just a hair of twist or curvature,
hand planes come in handy.

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