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For grooves that fit, check drawer-bottom stock
Not all sheet goods sold as 1/4″ stock measure a true 1/4″ thick. If, for example, you don’t discover that until after you cut the grooves for 1/4″-thick drawer bottoms, the rattle coming from your finished drawers will serve as a constant reminder. The lauan plywood left measures close to 13⁄64″, thin enough to fit loosely. Even today’s hardboard sheets measure too thin for a tight fit. The Baltic birch plywood, below left, comes closer to a true 1/4″, although it’s typically manufactured in metric dimensions (1/4″ equals 6.35mm). For another source of 1/4″-thick drawer-bottom stock, try MDF-core plywood.
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