Fitting a Drawer
A traditional British approach to the classic piston fit
Synopsis: Renowned English designer and woodworker Alan Peters discusses how fine furniture requires an approach that substitutes craftsmanship for manufactured precision. The technique he describes here (and uses in his shop) involves three successive levels of fitting. The first is of the individual drawer parts, then the assembled drawer without its bottom, and then with the bottom installed. Well-built drawers start with stable wood, and he explains how to select and prepare it. Then he fits drawer pieces individually and precisely. He explains how to fit the drawer box and trim it to fit. All that remains then is to determine the position of the front, using the drawer stop. Peters advises proceeding cautiously. Detailed photographs follow each step in his drawer construction.
My wife, Laura, doesn’t understand why I make such a fuss about drawer fitting. The drawers in our kitchen cabinets slide on plastic runners, and she says…