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Forum topic by Bill Szydlo posted 07-08-2017 04:41 PM 502 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill Szydlo

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07-08-2017 04:41 PM

I am in the process of building kitchen cabinets and am considering materials for the drawer bottoms. I am going to use 1/2” Baltic Birch for the drawer sides with Blum undermount slides. The width of the largest drawer is about 31”. Does anyone have suggestions for the drawer bottoms? A cabinet maker friend uses 1/4” baltic birch for all his bottoms. I am considering using 1/4” melamine for the ease of cleaning but the only melamine that is available is particle board which doesn’t thrill me. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Also, anybody have drawer box finishing recommendations. My thought was to shellac them and let it go at that but I am open to other ideas.


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#1 posted 07-08-2017 05:01 PM

I use 1/4” ply for most drawer bottoms, 1/2” for drawers over 24” wide

Around here, 1/4” Melamine is mdf core, which would work fine

Our standard drawer finish is clear lacquer—easy to apply and to clean.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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