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    My drawers are too tight

    I have gotten all of my drawers glued up and assembled for my dresser, and the first one I have fitted is too tight. Not by much mind you but maybe a 1/16" side to side. So, since I have hand planes, I figured I would plane them a little, but if you do that, how in the heck do you hold the thing so you can hand plane it? Otherwise, I can take it to my 6x48 inch sander but that is a PITA and I hate doing it that way. Is there a simpler way I am missing? Since the sides are white oak, it isn't like sanding poplar or pine where you can take it off easy.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    Take a board that is a tight fit between the front and the back of the drawer. Clamp it to the bench between the vice and dogs, so that it over hangs the bench enough to press fit the drawer on it flush with the apron face. That should hold it for light cuts with a sharp iron.
    I saw this in one of the wood mags awhile ago.
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    Honestly Honey, that will cost around $100 $150 $200, and I need a few more tools.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    I have that problem too, had to go and buy new ones at walmart not long ago :lol:.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    Thanks Dave, that worked. Fortunately, it was only the small drawers and not the 41" wide ones as that would be a pain.

    Jeff, I haven't had to up my size in awhile, but if I keep eating the way I have this past week, it is very likely to happen.:lol:

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    I was trying to stay on topic, but your's is a common problem this time of the year. I feel like I gained at least 10 lbs. over the last 4 days. Big Mike would be proud of the "turning muscle" I'm developing :lol: :lol:

    I'm glad that you got everything planed down to the right size.
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    Honestly Honey, that will cost around $100 $150 $200, and I need a few more tools.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    Travis---------I have taken drawers to the jointer and made a very light pass to make them fit. Does not work too well if you have overlapping drawer fronts though.:-)

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    I have used Jerry's approach with very light passes on the jointer.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    I wondered how long it would take to go off topic :lol:
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    Re: My drawers are too tight


    Cathy it did not take long at all :lol:
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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    I set myself up intentionally just to see how long it would take. Total of about 13 minutes. :lol:

    Jerry and Chuck, had not considered the jointer, which isn't a bad idea. I will try that if I have to do any more "fitting".

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    Sorry, just couldn't resist :-D least someone laughed

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    Don't you just hate it when those drawers are too tight?:crybaby2:

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    Are your drawers still to tight? Give it up and head to walmart man.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    Nah, they fit now.

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    Re: My drawers are too tight

    I immediately went off topic before I ever read the first word. Glad you got the drawer to fit.

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