Drawer Fronts; which choice?
I've purchased a small trailer and had to pull all the lower cabinets to remove two failing water heaters. The replacement water heater has been moved to another area and now it's time to rebuild the lower half of the kitchen.
My design is to use 100% drawers. So I will have kind of a skeleton designed to be attached at floor and countertop the widths of the drawer stacks.
My question is... which is better for non-painted drawer fronts, 1x's or 3/4 inch plywood..... As I'm setting my final measurements for the skeletons' height, I find that if I design with plywood, my drawer heights, can be 10, 12, 8 inches, but if I use 1x's then the height of the drawers change to 9.25, 11.25, and so on. Since I'm not restricted to "normal" height measurements, and I don't want to have to use facings at the top of the drawer stack.
I've used this drawer design in a bathroom before, but that was a painted situation, so plywood was fine. I cut it the width I needed and a half inch longer than the heights, routered the heights I needed for each drawer out of that, leaving me a scant 1/8 inch between drawers tops/bottoms. My concern here is the routered edge of plywood looking unfinished and ugly if not a painted edge. But, the concern with 1x's is that it's harder to get a solid of plank of wood that is square and straight, not warped and whatnot. These drawers will fit as a stack without a buffer top or bottom to each other on the face of it, so they have to seem as though they were cut out of the same piece. Not terribly worried about grain and such matching, but the cuts have to align nearly perfectly.
If I'm not making myself clear, let me know. I'm not a jargon-wise when it comes to building things, but I've got some experience and love to design for myself, rather than normal standards. For example the drawers are my response to getting older, I'll be damned if I'm going to crawl into a cabinet at floor level to get something, it can damn-well come out to me, thank you very much.
Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. I'm ready to start cutting the skeleton pieces, but it's a matter of whether one set of cuts will be 27" or 27.75" in length, and I'm just not sure which way to go here.
Last edited by GypsyJillith; 04-16-2017 at 03:26 AM.