Five-Piece Drawer Front Attachment Tips

      Methods for attaching drawer fronts that are secure and allow adjustment. February 11, 2010

How do you attach a 5 piece drawer front that has a plywood insert to the drawer box, and still have the ability to make fine adjustments? Cam adjusters are too big to work, and I don't like to use hot melt glue.

Forum Responses
(Cabinetmaking Forum)
From contributor P:
Use special drawer front screws. They have a large, flat head. You then drill oversize holes in the drawer box, which gives you your adjustability.

From contributor T:
I understand the problem, and it has always been daunting to me as well. I use tapered head screws that are sunk flush with the drawer box face when installing drawer fronts. The problem arises when the inside edge of the drawer is barely able to be hit by a screw even when angled. A pan head screw really doesn't adjust easily when angled either. When you do angle your screw, if you don't pre-drill in the drawer front stile, it wants to split out because you're shooting that screw into the rabbeted area for the panel. When I sell a job with framed drawer fronts, I always bump to 2 1/2" stiles for this very purpose. I always lock my drawer fronts in with a couple pin nails after adjustment to hold them in position.

From contributor C:
I often do what contributor P does. I will sometimes use double sided tape to stick the drawer front dead on, so it will hopefully need no adjustment, then screw it on.

From contributor I:
I don't understand what you mean by plywood insert. Can you not screw into a rail or stile because the rails/stiles are too narrow? If so, glue a backer strip to the back of the panel to the thickness of the rails/stiles, then screw as usual. The screws for the pulls will further anchor the fronts.

From contributor A:
Drill 5/16" holes and use the washer head drawer front screws. Drill from the outside of the box to get the hole in the corner. You may even have to use a screwdriver. Quickscrews distributes the best screws.

From contributor F:
Interesting. I just finished a job with five piece plywood panel drawer fronts. The stiles were 2.25" and I was able to use the Blum cam adjusters to attach to the drawer boxes. I remember that the bore for the adjusters did take a bit of the panel edge, but nothing showed on the face. These drawer boxes had .5" side clearance.

From contributor R:
Use item number 103559bn from Hardware Resources. Countersink the round part into the drawer box with a Forstner bit and you have the adjustable tab sticking out to screw to the back of the drawer front.

From contributor J:
Make your drawer boxes tall enough so you can screw into the top rail.

From the original questioner:
Thanks! These are all great ideas that I didn't think about before. I'll give them a try.

From contributor B:
Use Metabox drawers - simple, effective and painless. No fussing around.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking

  • KnowledgeBase: Cabinetmaking: General

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2017 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article