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Forum topic by tbird824 posted 07-21-2019 09:29 PM 172 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2019 09:29 PM

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I have recently built a workshop base cabinet with three columns of drawers. The drawers in any one column are different heights based on their contents. I made overlapping false drawer fronts but had a hard time figuring how high to make the drawer fronts. Is there a general rule of thumb to determine these heights based on the drawer carcase height?

-- Pat


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#1 posted 07-21-2019 09:43 PM

No rule of thumb that I’ve ever heard of. Strictly builder’s choice.

Do you have dividing rails between drawers? If so, you’ll want the false front to lap onto the rail, but there is no “standard” for how much.

I typically omit dividing rails and keep about 1/8” between adjacent drawer fronts, with the fronts hanging about 1/4” below the drawer box and 3/4 to 1 inch above.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 07-21-2019 11:04 PM

Jerry, thanks. I don’t have dividing rails. Your typical practice is what I was looking for. Sounds like a good rule of thumb to me. Now I just need to develop a formula for the spacing between drawer box bottoms to allow for the drawer front size determined by your rule of thumb. Thanks again.

-- Pat

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#3 posted 07-22-2019 01:37 AM

FWIW I don’t use a formula—- I use a story stick. I cut a thin scrap about an inch longer than the opening height. Then I lay out the top and bottom of the opening, the drawer boxes and then the fronts. I take my false front dimensions from the story stick. HTH

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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