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Offline mwbrewster

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Shaker drawer fronts question
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:34 PM »
Just getting started with this new hobby and I need some advice.  I'm building a vanity and have most of the design complete but there's one detail I haven't been able to iron out:

I'd like to go with beaded shaker style drawer faces attached to the rough box.  I plan on using a standard bead bit for the inside of the stiles and rails then a notching bit to shave the bead back so i can use dominoes in the corners. I was going to run a grove down the middle of the insides to accept a 5mm panel but then realized the back of the drawer front won't be on the same plane to attach to the rough box.

I'm curious to see if others use this method and how one might get around this issue.  Do you attach another panel to the back, and if so, what is the best way to do that?  Or maybe just a rabbet along the inside back of rails and stiles and go with 12mm plywood in lieu of the groove in the center?

Thanks in advance, all suggestions are appreciated.

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Offline harry_

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Re: Shaker drawer fronts question
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 09:49 PM »
Presuming I understood your question:

Typically the false drawer fronts are not installed flush anyway. Doing so would give them a 'set-back' appearance from the hinged cabinet doors. Most manufacturers apply an 1/8" to 1/4" spacer strip to the back of the panel rails to make up for this difference and mount the panels via the styles/rails.

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Offline mwbrewster

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Re: Shaker drawer fronts question
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 10:18 PM »
Sorry if im not explaning it well.  I think my question boils down to this: Talking only about the drawer face made in shaker frame and panel style, with solid wood rails and stiles milled to 19mm, and a 5mm plywood panel slid into 5mm groove run along the inside of the rails and stiles, that would leave the center panel inset 7mm from the front of the drawer face frame and 7mm from the back.  Its the inset on the back of the drawer face that leaves me to wonder how to attach it to a flush drawer box front.

Offline harry_

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Re: Shaker drawer fronts question
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 10:36 PM »
ok same approach, different location.

Just rip some strips to pad out the back of the inset panel and glue them on. If you make them undersized to the drawer box themselves they won't be seen. Presuming that you will be eventually adding a knob or handles that will further add to keeping the 'padding in place'.
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Offline mwbrewster

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Re: Shaker drawer fronts question
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 10:46 PM »
Sounds good, thanks. Sorry for the confusion on my part.

Offline Rusty Miller

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Re: Shaker drawer fronts question
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 01:28 PM »
You could use 12mm panel with a rabbet that would give you a 5mm tongue to put in the groove. That way the back would be flush with the back of the stiles and rails.

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Offline morts10n

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Re: Shaker drawer fronts question
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 08:03 PM »
Attach the drawer front with screws ( drawer front adjusting screws) into the stiles...no need to pad out back of drawer fronts