Making the Drawer Fronts

If you purchased your drawer fronts and cabinet doors, skip down to "Installing the Hardware," below These instructions describe how to make your own, starting with the construction of the drawer fronts. Although they have different dimensions, the drawer fronts and cabinet doors are built in exactly the same manner.

The drawer front is nothing more than a center panel of 1/4-inch plywood that is inserted into a 1 x 2 frame, and trimmed with decorative molding {Figure F). It's not difficult to do, but it requires a certain amount of precision when cutting to obtain a professional-looking finished product. Don't hurry the process, and be meticulous in your work.

  1. Cut one 10-1/2-inch by 2-inch drawer panel (R) from 1/4-inch-thick plywood.
  2. Cut two drawer top/bottom frame pieces (S) from 1x2 pine, each 10 inches long.
  3. Cut two drawer side frame pieces (T) from 1x2 pine, each 5 inches long.
  4. Cut a 1 /4-inch by 1 /4-inch dado along the inside edges of each of the frame pieces (S and T) to accommodate the drawer panel (R). A cutting diagram is shown in Figure 6.
  5. Place the drawer panel (R) into the dadoes cut into the frame pieces (S and T). Glue and clamp, then nail the frame pieces together. Use two 3-penny finishing nails on each end of the overlapping boards.
  6. Allowing a little extra length for the miters, cut four pieces of 1 /4-inch-thick decorative molding to fit around the inside edges of the frame. Set the molding so that the decorative edge faces up, and miter both ends of each piece at a 45-degree angle. Attach the mitered pieces to the plywood panel with glue and wire brads. Countersink the brads.
  7. Repeat Steps 1 through 6 to assemble the second drawer front.
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