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Old 01-05-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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When we moved in there were no kitchen drawers, but there were cabinet doors. So in trying to keep with the "old countryish" look (which seems to mean that each opening is slightly different and slightly crooked), I built up a quick batch of drawers. All was well until I started installing the drawer guides so they would slide in and out nice and smooth.

When you have two drawers tight like this in the corner, what are my options??

1. Buy cheap plastic handles and cut them as short as possible hoping each drawer will clear the other's handle when they open. Tried this, won't work.
2. Abandon one drawer.
3. Cut the width of each drawer back by an inch or two so they will both clear each other.

Am I missing any other options? When they weren't on the sliders you could open each one real crooked and they would clear, but won't be able to do that (unless I leave these two sans sliders).

Thank you.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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Drill finger-holes above the current handle locations and remove the handles.

Or relocate the handles to the respective lower far corners of the drawer front. Hell, change them all more-towards the lower corners and go for eclectic. Or better yet remove all of the handles and go for finger-holes everywhere.

No reason to give good drawer space.

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Take a look at THIS solution.

It is quite amazing.

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If you were building them from scratch what you usually do is leave a 1.5" space between the drawer and the corner as most handles are not more than 1" deep. That is essentially what your #3 option is.

If you're in a farmhouse then I would definitely go with Bud's fingerholes idea. It sounds cool. Of course, with white painted cabinets you'll have more work keeping them clean but at least you'll be able to open them.
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Take a look at THIS solution.

It is quite amazing.

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That's pretty slick. I've never seen that before.
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When we moved in there were no kitchen drawers, but there were cabinet doors. So in trying to keep with the "old countryish" look (which seems to mean that each opening is slightly different and slightly crooked), I built up a quick batch of drawers. All was well until I started installing the drawer guides so they would slide in and out nice and smooth.

When you have two drawers tight like this in the corner, what are my options??

1. Buy cheap plastic handles and cut them as short as possible hoping each drawer will clear the other's handle when they open. Tried this, won't work.
2. Abandon one drawer.
3. Cut the width of each drawer back by an inch or two so they will both clear each other.

Am I missing any other options? When they weren't on the sliders you could open each one real crooked and they would clear, but won't be able to do that (unless I leave these two sans sliders).

Thank you.
Hi doug - are those drawer fronts or part of the drawer box?
I got rid of all the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls by going with finger pull edges. Probably not an option if they are part of the drawer.
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It's easy enough to re-front those drawers.
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Remove both drawer pulls and router cut a finger pull along the backside of the bottom front edge. This can be done with the fronts on the drawer.

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Remove both drawer pulls and router cut a finger pull along the backside of the bottom front edge. This can be done with the fronts on the drawer.

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Use an edge guide? Trying to visualize how to do that safely.
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Use an edge guide? Trying to visualize how to do that safely.
1. Lay the drawer up side down and clamp to bench.
2. Assuming you have a router with a 6" diameter base, stack two straight 2x4's (length equal to the width of the drawer face) and screw/nail together. Set the 2x4's along the face of the drawer with their top flush with the drawer edge to be routed. Clamp at each end of the drawer face.
3. Nail/screw a 3/8" x 3/4" guide strip to the 2x4's located to provide a horizontal cut of 1/2" into the 3/4" backside of the drawer facing. Use a 3/4" fluting bit (also called a Core Box or Round Nose bit) set to cut 1/2" to 3/4" vertically.
4. Run the cut for 4" at the center of the drawer width. Don't make the full 1/2" of horizontal cut at one time. Use shim strips at the guide strip to remove 1/8" to 3/16" per pass to prevent splintering and burning.

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Thanks Rick. I'll have to take a look at that, Wasn't sure how you'd do it without taking the face off but that sure looks like it works

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