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    Drawer Construction..

    How do you make your drawers, here is one obstacle that i am having that normally i dont have..
    i have 15 drawer frnts that need to be approx. 8.75 wide and that width can cause two major problems, the first one is the availability of that width of lumber that matches somewhat close, and then enter in the equation the stability of the frnts.. so how would you tackle this and show some pics if you have some, i know about book matching but that would require 8/4 stock which i dont have. these will be false frnts on the main drawer construction.
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    The search for wide stock that matched well was a challenge on my current project. That just takes luck or time or both. I only have an 8" jointer but have a planer sled that took care of truing things up. With false fronts you are free of all joinery so movement is easy to handle. You can use the pulls as the main attachment point and then add washerhead screws through oversize holes for securing things. If you want to glue (I do) just run a 2" wide strip of glue near the top edge (I stay about 3/4" away so there is no chance of squeeze out) and leave the bottom free to expand/contract (here's where the washerhead screws come in handy).
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    so if you dont have the wide stock how do you do the frnts as a second best choice?
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    Glue up a panel.

    Are the drawer fronts being mounted to a box? I don't worry at all about cupping or twisting when they're mounted to a box.
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    Larry in this thread I made wide and tall drawer front, the ones in the thread are 14" wide.

    after 5 year no problems with wood movement
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    Veneer?
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    You could use the hardwood plywood of the species, and edge band in solid wood. No movement issues, width problems, and no end grain to deal with.




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    I agree with Brent and Mike. I lost count of how many drawer fronts I made in a commercial shop using plywood wrapped with veneer on all sides. Cover the inside face first, then the edges, then the front so the seams are concealed better.
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    i had to go over to the dresser to check, but all my drawers are 100% cotton....
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    The false fronts could be frame and panel. More work and a very different look but, you can use 3" to 4" narrower stock . . . just thinking out loud here . . .
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