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How to Use Larger Drill Bits to Fit Adjustable Drawer Faces
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Drilling drawer face holes 1/8" to 1/4" larger than original holes To make an adjustable drawer face, start by drilling your face holes with a bit that's 1/8" to 1/4" larger than the original screw holes.

When I build drawers with applied faces, here’s how I make the faces easy to adjust. First, I mark and drill the holes through the face for the washerhead screws I use to attach the pull or knob. Then, I set the face in place on the drawer box and mark pilot holes with an awl. I switch to a drill bit that’s 1/8" to 1/4" larger than the original screw holes and bore holes through just the drawer box.

Fitting drawer face in place after adjustment Once you're ready to hang the drawers, the larger holes allow you to make adjustments after it settles and then make it tight.

With this done, I mount the drawer face and tighten the screws enough to hold it in place. When I hang the drawer, the large holes make it easy to shift the face around. Once it’s aligned, I tighten the screws fully. Allow the drawer to settle under the weight of its contents, readjust the face, and drive a few more screws to lock it in place for good.

posted on August 1, 2010 by Woodworker's Journal
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