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Fixing a twisted drawer2/11
How is the best way to fix a twisted drawer when trying to save the front due to inlay? The drawer is solid mahogany. I was considering ripping the front off or routing out the back. Any ideas that are helpful will be appreciated.. THANKS
No idea how much twist, you didn't mention it. If you will have plenty of material under the drawer bottom groove, lay the drawer on a flat surface, shim it to make it flat, scribe around the bottom edge, hand plane it flat. Then either scribe and hand plane the top, or let it run wild if you are on slides. If you need to maintain a height, glue material back on and resize it.
Is the door twisted all the time or is this a new complaint? If new, perhaps it is this very dry weather we are having (dry inside the home) that is causes a bit more shrinkage and twist. (The twist is due to the wood grain or the construction technique.) If it is indeed related to low MCs, then in the summer it will straighten, so repairs now might cause a summertime issue.
As you might have guesses, twisting the drawer to straighten it is not an option.
If the drawer is beyond fixing you could re-saw the front of the drawer off being careful to save the inlay i.e. cut a thick slice off. Then make a new drawer and then veneer the old piece onto the new. I did this on a drawer I had upside down and very stupidly inlet a lock escutcheon. I filled the hole veneered over it an even I cant see the fix.
If there is no "obvious fix", quite frankly to be honest your going to have to remake the drawer. This might not be the answer you want to hear, but it very well may be the reality. Unless this is a "hobby" time is of the essence, and you probably don't have time to tinker.
I live in a climate where we see both extremes (dry winters with even dryer interior heat, followed by humid summers with no air conditioning) I have never seen warped/twisted drawers, provided basic principals of material selection, and perperation where followed. Period.