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    When I cut the half blind dovetails for this drawer I only left about 1/16th on the end of the pinboard.

    When I was fitting the drawer I had a bit of an “out of square” issue with my cabinet and ended up planing the front of the drawer away to the point where the tail is now showing through.

    I’m not sure what to do but my thoughts are:

    1) Move on and chalk it up to experience

    2) Make a new drawer

    3) Plane the existing front down by an 1/8th, put a false front on the drawer and refit it.

    Option 3) seems worth a try but any advice appreciated.



    • This topic was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by billstennett.
    Joost Borst

    Here’s what I would do depending on the scenario.

    If the project is gonna end up somewhere I dont mind seeing a flaw I would go for option 1.

    If the project is something I want to look really good and I can be bothered/have the money and time to make a new drawer its option 2.

    If its a show piece and I dont mind a flaw/dont have the money and time to make a new drawer I would go with option 3.

    Could veneering be an option? It’s a bit like option 3 but thinner. Just a random idea.

    Benoît Van Noten

    joints under thin veneer can finally crack the thin veneer (after so many years) due to wood movement.
    The false front is a better option.


    Thanks for the replies – I’m going to try the false front route and see how it looks. I’ve planed the old front down by just over 1/8th so just need to a new panel now.

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