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post #1 of 11 Old 01-06-2019, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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I’m an idiot (with pictures!)

So, I’m building a drawer for a very old dresser (original door broke). I measure the opening, build the entire drawer, glued etc. go to put it in the opening.... and, I’m an idiot. Whatever day I took the measurements, I didn’t think to take into account SPACE to actually open and close it.

So now I have a perfect fit drawer that can’t actually open and close. Outside of rebuilding it, anything I can do? While I wait for answers, I’ll be banging my head against a wall.
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Its a plywood drawer with simple box joinery. Hand planer? Probably too much to take off...
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I feel your pain - we all have those duh events. The first step in therapy is to accept that you might have to start over. Not all screwups can be salvaged. Maybe others will have a brilliant solution.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-06-2019, 10:54 PM
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I think the problem is the rail above the drawer sags making the drawer too tall. You could trim the drawer on a table saw and then sand the saw marks off.

When you get the drawer trimmed to fit and get it finished rub the sides of the drawer an the runner in the cabinet with gulf wax or a candle and the drawer will slide twice as easy.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-07-2019, 05:33 AM
where's my table saw?
 
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Definitely use a table saw

This is a no brainer operation for the table saw. Set the fence so it removes about 1/8" from the top of the drawer, cutting with the bottom against the fence. Run the drawer's front face first then the sides and then the rear to minimize tearout. I've done this when making small boxes and their tops. It works great.


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This is a no brainer operation for the table saw. Set the fence so it removes about 1/8" from the top of the drawer, cutting with the bottom against the fence. Run the drawer's front face first then the sides and then the rear to minimize tearout. I've done this when making small boxes and their tops. It works great.


You saved me from having to make a new drawer.

Thank you!

The top cut was a little crooked (first time doing that), but once the front face is on, no one will know.
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Can't you saw it apart with a fine kerf blade and start over? I mean it needs to get smaller anyway, right?
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-07-2019, 12:15 PM
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Deja Vu all over again ......

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You saved me from having to make a new drawer.

Thank you!

The top cut was a little crooked (first time doing that), but once the front face is on, no one will know.

Your dresser reminds me of one I rebuilt with some of the same issues. That sagging cross piece needs some help.....





Here's mine:

https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/a...-repair-11477/

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put glue on it, so when it shuts and then it can't be opened again. and now we have a nice decorative piece:)
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Your dresser reminds me of one I rebuilt with some of the same issues. That sagging cross piece needs some help.....





Here's mine:

https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/a...-repair-11477/
Sorry, I can't tell immediately from the photo - What did you do to help the sagging cross piece?
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That is the "after" photo ...LOL

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Sorry, I can't tell immediately from the photo - What did you do to help the sagging cross piece?

I replaced the one on that dresser because it was sagging so badly along with the side guides and center rails and dust covers over the drawers. Pretty much gutted it and rebuilt the interior.
Here is the entire rebuild thread:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/a...-repair-11477/

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