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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 12-06-2017 12:18 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2017 12:18 AM

Making drawers and have a question about the bottoms. Actually how to connect the bottoms to the sides. THis is for a jewelry cabinet so the drawers will hold minimal weight. I plan on using 14” ply for the bottoms.

My question is whether to cut rabbits on the bottom of all sides or to ffset 1/4” and cut a dado. The drawers will be about 3” tall each.

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 12:48 AM

Hi Tim … not sure if this will help, but I do drawers like this ... read about half-way down the page. This drawer was about 2-1/2” tall.

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 12:56 AM

Drawer slips are always elegant and thin back and sides can be used, making dovetails easier. For a box, all corners must be mitred.

Images 7,8, and 9 are the easiest to understand.

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 01:25 AM

Having just done something like that my self I would go with the dado on 3” tall drawers. However you did not indicate how thick the sides were and that could make a difference.
Now that I recommended that I have to admit I used rabbits on mine….LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 02:43 AM

One could look up the two dressers I have done this year…

Front corners are dovetailed
Back goes into a dado cut into the sides
Bottom fits into grooves along the bottom edge…..1/4” up from the bottom of the drawer, groove depth is half of the thickness of the sides. Bottom slides under the back. Glue and a screw or two. to hold the bottom in place at the back.

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#5 posted 12-07-2017 04:24 AM

I always put the drawer bottom in a groove. I have the Whiteside undersized plywood router bit set, and its so simple, and the plywood fits perfectly. One pass at the router table and you’re done. Of course on a 3” drawer you may not be willing to lose 1/2” of depth, so rabbets would also work fine, but then you have to glue, nail, or staple

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