I am finally building a cabinet with raised panel drawer fronts that will use handles. The front will overlay the cabinet edges and hide the metal drawer slides - what some people call a 5 side drawer.
My question deals with how the handle is attached... In all cases I will have to attach the rails and stiles to the drawer front to keep the alignment, no matter what I do with the handle and floating panel.
Option 1: can I just attach the handle to the floating panel? The handle pulling on the panel will in turn pull on the slots in the rails and stiles.
Option 2, must I get extra long screws for the handle, and go through both the floating panel and the drawer body (the panel no longer floats),
Option 3, attach the handle to the floating panel, but screw the floating panel to the drawer body to reduce the strain on the slots in the rails/stiles