Powertec's Drawer Front Installation Clamps make simple work of this often frustrating task.
Drawer Front Installation Clamps from Powertec ($25) might just be the best jigs for the money. They allow you to align overlay drawer fronts while the drawer is closed so you can see the front in relation to nearby drawers and doors. Rubber pads on the threaded clamps ensure the face stays in the right spot even when you open the drawer to attach it from the back. Each clamp has three thumb screws—one to attach the clamp to the drawer side, one to clamp it to the drawer face, and a third to make micro adjustments either left or right to get the perfect alignment. If you have several drawers of the same size, the settings will hold in place as you move from drawer to drawer, making for an even quicker setup on subsequent fronts.
–Nathan Rinne, a finish carpenter in Roach, Mo.
Photos: Rodney Diaz, Nathan Rinne
From Fine Homebuilding #286