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Installing Drawer Fronts

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Easy Way to Install Drawer Fronts

Installing drawers fronts, to me, has always been intimidating. There is nothing worse than building a beautiful cabinet, only to install the drawer fronts incorrectly… It happens to me all the time and is extremely frustrating! Today, I will share an easy way to install drawer fronts for both overlay fronts and inset fronts for fool-proof installation.

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Starting with the overlay fronts, the drawer slides and boxes should already be installed.

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Mark the drawer fronts for the handle or knob placement and drill the holes. Align the front on the cabinet where it needs to be located. Clamp in place, if desired (I like to go commando and hold it in place).

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Drive a screw through one of the holes for the knob or handle into the drawer box. If using a handle or more than one knob, drive a screw in the second hole.

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Open the drawer and attach the drawer front from the inside by driving a screw through the drawer box into the front.

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Remove the temporary screws on the front and finish drilling the holes in the drawers for the knob or handle.

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Easy-peasy, right? For inset drawer fronts, the method is essentially the same. The front should be constructed so that it is 1/4″ smaller than the opening which leaves a 1/8″ gap around all sides. Shim the drawer front in place in the opening and drive the temporary screws through the holes for the knob or handle.

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Open the drawer and attach the front in the same manner as the overlay drawer.

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This is my favorite easy way to install drawer fronts. To me, it is quick and accurate! Have any questions? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com.

 

 

 

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