Replacing the Drawer Bottom

Drawer bottoms today are most often made of hardboard, which is a good material for the purpose. Standard '/id- or '/«-inch hardboard is fine for small and medium-sized drawers. For very large drawers, you might need a Vx-inch thickness.

Measure the old bottom carefully and transfer the measurements to the hard-board. Cut the bottom out with a power saw (a saber saw is fine if you use a guide to assure a straight cut). Finish the cut edges with sandpaper. Slide the bottom into the grooves made for it, and replace the glue blocks on the bottom to hold it in place.

The drawers ot the dresser are coming apart and need work First they must be disassembled, using a rubber mallet

Cut sides for each drawer, we used 1 nch oak. The bottom fits into a groove at the bottom of each side, cut this with a router and a 'A inch dado bit Trace dovetails on drawer fronts

A router throws a lot of chips and sawdust, so always wear safety glasses

Cut a blind dovetail joint with a jib and a router holding a dovetail bit Drawer side is at jig back; drawer back is in front of the jig

Sides are wider than the back because the drawer bottom must slide past the back

The bottoms of each side are broken and severely worn; drawer bottoms are warped and cracked We will reuse the fronts only

The original dovetails on the drawer sides were hand cut and irregular in shape They are now quite broken and worn.

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