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Offline koenbro

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jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:05 AM »
I have just started in woodworking and have built a couple of cabinets for my garage, but now would like to add some drawers to our master closet. There already is a melamine built-in with 32mm holes, and I would add drawers. I feel pretty comfortable building the boxes, but would like to make sure the drawer fronts are attached flawlessly. What jig do you recommend for that purpose? Many thanks.
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Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 01:52 AM »
I'm not familiar with any jigs but I've used this sort of screw combined with a 5/16" holes drilled in the drawer box.  I think it allows about 3/16" of adjustment.  The easiest way I've thought of to use these is by pre-drilling two little holes to stick a nail through and mark the back of the drawer front.  Then enlarge the holes with 5/16" spade bit drilling from the inside out.  Drill pilot holes for the screws in the drawer face and install the screws.   This is pretty easy when the base cabinets have no top except a web frame but other situations may be awkward.

Another option is 8mm drawer front adjusters.  You would need a pair of marking centers too and an 8mm forstner bit.  The advantage of them is you can just push the drawer face against the drawer box while it's in the cabinet.  You can start at the bottom and use spacers to align the drawer faces, then stand back and tweak them 'til they look perfect.

Be warned those prices may be kind of silly.  You can get these things cheaper from cabinet hardware suppliers.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 02:17 AM by lwoirhaye »

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 02:43 AM »
When I have made drawers like this I have cut the smart face piece about 1 mm smaller all round. I then fit the drawer fronts before putting the counter top on. This allows access to the top drawer from above.

Work from the bottom drawer one drawer at a time. Put a drawer box in place. Push the drawer front against it and use shims underneath and on each side to centre it. then put in two or four screws from the back to hold it in place. Now move on to the next drawer above.

Peter

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 08:54 AM »
I have just started in woodworking and have built a couple of cabinets for my garage, but now would like to add some drawers to our master closet. There already is a melamine built-in with 32mm holes, and I would add drawers. I feel pretty comfortable building the boxes, but would like to make sure the drawer fronts are attached flawlessly. What jig do you recommend for that purpose? Many thanks.

+1 on Iwoirhaye's suggestion of the 8mm drawer adjusters.  It's a no brainer.  Like he said, don't forget to buy the templates (you'll need 2 ea) and the 20mm forstner bit.  They are at the bottom of the Amazon link he provided.

If you're really interested in learning how to build cabinets, I highly recommend Jim Tolpin's Bulding Traditional Kitchen Cabinets.  He highlights the use of these adjusters plus skads of more helpful tips and jigs.

Offline RobBob

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 09:11 AM »
Here's a new product from Fastcap.  I have not personally tried them.

Fasctcap Drawer Front Clamps
« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 09:23 AM by RobBob »

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 09:22 AM »
I use a couple of pieces of 3M mounting tape.

Place tape on drawer box

Set face in position

Press face onto tape

Carefully open drawer

Install screws from behind.

I use the Fastcap PowerHead 1-1/8" screws

 https://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=46251&idcategory=0

The new Fastcap clamps look interesting.

Tom

Offline Cheese

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 10:11 AM »

I use the Fastcap PowerHead 1-1/8" screws

https://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=46251&idcategory=0


I think you meant to use this link Tom...the link you used points to only 2 1/2" & 3" long screws.

http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=57675&idcategory=0

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 11:15 AM »

I use the Fastcap PowerHead 1-1/8" screws

https://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=46251&idcategory=0


I think you meant to use this link Tom...the link you used points to only 2 1/2" & 3" long screws.

http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=57675&idcategory=0

Scroll down, all the the PowerHeads are shown.

I'll try to be more precise next time.

Tom

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 11:35 AM »
I usually shoot a couple of 23 ga pinners in to hold the drawer front in place.

I like that fast cap jig. I maybe be giving them a call soon

Those screws look pretty good to theyll be bought on the same call as above  [smile].
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Offline bkharman

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 08:48 PM »
Here's a new product from Fastcap.  I have not personally tried them.

Fasctcap Drawer Front Clamps

My tri-weekly rockler ad has shown something similar. Seemed a bit cheaper, but also cheaper looking.

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Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2017, 05:55 AM »
I second the double sided tape.  If you get it wrong, grab some acetone, remove the tape and residue and start over.  Personally I wouldn't buy any clamps, jigs, tools that I can't absorb into the cost of the job or use enough to justify cost of tool.
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Offline koenbro

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Re: jig to attach face to cabinet drawers
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2017, 11:27 PM »
I second the double sided tape.  If you get it wrong, grab some acetone, remove the tape and residue and start over.  Personally I wouldn't buy any clamps, jigs, tools that I can't absorb into the cost of the job or use enough to justify cost of tool.

Love this -- common sense!

Thank you all for the sage advice, might post some pics about the cabinet once done.
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