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Forum topic by mike12ophone posted 10-18-2017 02:43 PM 684 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2017 02:43 PM

I’m building a bench housing three inset/flush drawers with ~11” x 13” drawer fronts out of walnut. I should also say the case is painted white with push-to-open slides and no pulls so the walnut drawer fronts will really stand out. I’m going to have to do a panel for these and am going back and forth over how to match them. In an ideal world I’d cut them all from one long/wide board to match the grain across all three, caring less about color. I will likely be forced to do a three board glue-up for each due to what I can find in stock here or over at bell forest lumber. On top of that, I cant get a board long enough to get all 9 pieces (3 boards / drawer). The longest I’ve found is enough to get 2 drawers from a single board. I dont have a bandsaw so I’m limited to a 3” resaw on my TS which would mean a 4 panel glueup if i went that route.

I will have to make decisions here.

1. Do I grain match the top and bottom pieces for all three so there’s a continuous grain match across? I’ll then just hope to color match as close as possible with the middle sections. This creates continuity across the whole piece as well as vertical symmetry. I’m sort of leaning into the fact that they’re not one piece drawers and making it a feature.

2. Cut 2 drawers from one board and the 3rd from another. Try to grain/color match as close as possible

3. Find clear, straight grain stock (not easy to do) and cut each drawer out of it’s own board, just dealing with the color inconsistencies across each drawer

4. Other?

-- - just a man with too many hobbies

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#1 posted 10-18-2017 03:00 PM

I’ve had the same problem before. I never know what to do either. I think I’d try to go with matching the color and then the grain if you don’t have/want to buy a board large enough for all three fronts. I am did up buying a board that would was light enough for all three drawer fronts. I Messed around with trying to match color and grain for drawer fronts that would be seen will be seen all the time. My wife’s more forgiving about this and doesn’t care as much as I do. I’m like you it just bugs the crap out of me when I don’t have enough wood to match drawer fronts from a single piece.

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#2 posted 10-18-2017 06:38 PM

Yeah. I’ll really bug me if I finish them and have it look piecemeal. I doubt my wife would tell the difference and my kid will likely rip the darn things off the drawers or something once he starts walking. I’m thinking of taking the panels to the TS and running 4 or 5 coves across all of them to maybe distract the eye. I’ve never done it but it seems doable.

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