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Drawer alignment made easy

Aligning drawers doesn't have to be a time-consuming process. With this simple technique, we show you how to quickly install perfectly-aligned drawers.

It's a tricky, time-consuming business to install overlay drawer fronts. The tough parts: aligning the fronts with each other and any adjacent doors and keeping the spacing consistent. To solve these problems, I use a very simple and fast technique -- spacers.

First, install the drawer boxes in the cabinet. Pre-drill the fastener holes in the drawer box, where shown. Next, pre-drill the center-pull bolt locations in the false drawer front with a 5/32" bit. These bolt holes must be square to the front's surface. (I use a drill press.) Starting with the bottom drawer, set the vertical spacer in place, as shown, and hold the false front against the face frame with its bottom edge parallel to the face frame. Drive a 2" screw through the bolt hole as shown, drawing the drawer box tight against the false front. Then, pull the drawer box out, clamp the drawer front to the box at both ends to keep it from rotating, and attach the front through the pre-drilled holes.

Finally, remove the 2" screw and install the pull. If the pull's screw is too short, counterbore the screw hole from the inside out. Repeat this technique for the remaining drawer fronts, using a horizontal spacer, as shown.

-- Dennis Strahle, Eagle, Mich.


Comments (3)
tony.cianchetta wrote:

I would like to see more on 'first install the drawer box'. It doesn't happen that magically for most of us.

1/31/2014 08:45:59 AM Report Abuse
jjj2121 wrote:

Of course you have to be careful when fitting the false fronts and make sure to use spacers to facilitate consistent placement. Most CA's don't allow for too much movement after a few seconds.

9/20/2012 04:11:22 PM Report Abuse
jjj2121 wrote:

Use cyanoacrylate glue and yellow glue to set the fronts, with drawer in place. Put drops of CA in corners of drawer with yellow glue everywhere else. Apply the false front and clamp for 2 minutes. CA will hold just like a clamp while yellow glue dries. No holes needed.

9/20/2012 04:09:35 PM Report Abuse

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