Author Topic: Drawer stops for lipped drawers  (Read 2356 times)

Ford Fitzkee

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Drawer stops for lipped drawers
« on: November 07, 2011, 11:45:00 PM »
Was it typical for period lipped drawers to have drawer stops to prevent potential damage to the fragile lip or was it more typical for the lip itself to act as the drawer stop?  I have read some conflicting views, and was hoping to hear what people have observed on both period pieces and with their own work.

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Ford 

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Re: Drawer stops for lipped drawers
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 06:13:12 AM »
Ford- The lip is the stop. I've never seen another stop on such a draw.-Al
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Re: Drawer stops for lipped drawers
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 08:53:01 AM »
I agree that the lip is intended to be the stop. However I have added secondary stops when repairing damaged drawers. This is a set of drawers from a built in pantry in a craftsman home. All the drawers had cracked or missing lips from being slammed shut after repairing the drawers I added stops so they were not damaged again.

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Re: Drawer stops for lipped drawers
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 09:06:37 AM »
Adding extra stops isn't a bad idea especially if you are delivering or moving a bureau that is laid on it's back.  The bouncing can cause the lips to break.  I always place a blanket behind the drawers so the lids are not touching the frame.

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Ford Fitzkee

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Re: Drawer stops for lipped drawers
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2011, 11:56:39 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  It makes sense that the lips were the stops.  I suppose trying to minimize the depth of the rabbet when making the lip would help somewhat to prevent damage.  Out of curiosity, has anyone tried using a sash fillester to cut the rabbets for the lips?  I was told this was the correct tool to use when making these by hand to be able to reference the fence off the face of the drawer.

Ford