Stabilize a Drawer Front

I’m working on a chest of drawers that has veneered drawer fronts. (Think Federal.) The backing of these fronts is poplar. In an effort to alleviate problems, I assembled the fronts with pieces of rift-sawn or quartersawn grain. Here’s how.


A piece of poplar was pulled from the rack and cut to about 2″ over-long. I ripped the rift-sawn edges from the blank in pieces that measured about 1-1/2″. The center section is flat cut and needs to be treated differently. For it I adjusted the fence to the thickness of the board and ripped the section into four pieces that were  7/8″ square, and I had one piece of scrap.


From the available pieces, I pulled enough stock to assemble a drawer front. Pieces from the center section were rotated 90° so that the quartersawn grain was facing toward the drawer front. You can see the pieces below. (Alternating the parts was just my way of having fun. I know of know real advantage.)


When the glue was dry on the assembled fronts – I repeated this procedure for a total of four drawers – I ran the fronts through the milling process to bring them to 3/4″ in thickness.

Later in the building process, I’ll veneer only the fronts on the drawers and add a bead around its perimeter. That’s right. I’m not planning to balance the drawer front with a veneer on the back. Good-bye myth.

— Glen D. Huey

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2 thoughts on “Stabilize a Drawer Front

  1. I like your style!
    And agree about veneering only the front – after the drawer is assembled, that is.


  2. And, if it works for you, it works for me.
    Bye bye veneer myth…
    Thanks Glen.

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