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6: DRAWER KICKERS

6: DRAWER KICKERS

Very few drawers need sides or backs as thick as xh in., and most can do with Vs in. or even s/i6 in. Aesthetics has more to do with the thickness of drawer fronts, but it makes sense to keep them in proportion to the size of the drawer. Bottoms should be thick enough to resist sagging under a load. Solid-wood bottoms s/i6 in. or % in. thick (relieved along the edges to fit in Win. grooves) or V* -in. plywood will handle most loads.

Drawer Stops and Kickers

The overlay and rabbeted drawer fronts operate as built-in drawer stops. Flush fronts require something extra to keep them flush. I glue and screw small stops on the carcase rails above or below the drawer. (See Fig.

5.) I've also seen these stops mortised in place. I orient the stops so the end grain makes contact with the drawer front as shown in the drawing , and I trim them as nccessary to align the fronts. You could attach stops to the runners or carcase sides in back of the drawer, but I find these more trouble to work on. If vou've decided to side-hang the drawers (see AW, #22, All About Drawers, Pan 1), you won't need stops. If you position the fillets properly, they'll work nicely as built-in stop>s.

It's a bad idea to let the carcase back serve as a stop. Contact makes a racket and can damage the back or even push it off. And the position of the closed drawer front won't be adjustable.

If you're worried about someone accidentally pulling the drawer out of the carcase and spilling its contents, you can attach a pivoting stop to the rail above the drawer to engage the drawer back as shown in Fig. 5.

In a few situations where there's no rail immediately above the drawer, you'll need to add top-kickers to keep the drawer from pitching down when it's pulled from the carcase. (See Fig.

6.) These simple strips of wood can usually be added to an assembled car-

w case with little trouble before or during fitting. Screw one above each drawer side or one above the center of the drawer. A

Roger Holmes is a contributing editor of AW. He works wood in west-em Connecticut.

Roger Holmes is a contributing editor of AW. He works wood in west-em Connecticut.

Prevent drawers from tipping kickerisi.

FITTING DRAWERS:

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