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My contractor installed the cabinet/drawer pulls and splintered the maple veneer on the inside of more than 1/2 of the cabinet/drawers. Is there a repair, plug, etc that can be made to hide the poor quality work that has been done aside from replacing the fronts? :(

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I agree that it sounds like crappy workmanship that came from your contractor. The best situation is to talk to the contractor and tell them that how unhappy you are with the crap quality.

What the contractor should have done when drilling the holes for the drawer pulls was to clamp a piece of scrap wood to the inside face of the drawer front to prevent the splintering as the drill bit exited through the wood. Not doing this is the sign of a rank amateur contractor.

If this has just happened on the drawers and not on any doors there is one thing that may bring some piece of mind for you. Rarely are people going to be looking down inside the fronts of your cabinet drawers so maybe you can just let it go after getting some financial adjustment out of the contractor.

Note that most cabinet drawers are not built in a way where it is particularly easy to remove and replace the drawer fronts. Particularly in the case where higher quality drawer assemblies may have glued joints. Some cheaper cabinet work may just have the drawer front stapled in place through the side panels. This latter may be easier to replace.

If the damage exists on cabinet doors then you are probably facing having to have the whole door replaced if you cannot accept the crappy quality work.

  • Thanks! I really appreciate your response. This is our first remodeling project and WOW, I have learned ALOT. I am going to try to let go of the damaged drawers but the cabinet door will need to be replaced. Sigh. "Not doing this is the sign of a rank amateur contractor." – Tamara Jan 9 '17 at 8:15
  • Good answer. One idea: cup washers to cover the damage: rockler.com/decorative-washers-choose-finish (just an example... there are more/less fancy options out there) – Aloysius Defenestrate Jan 9 '17 at 15:42
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    @AloysiusDefenestrate - The cup washer idea is a good one of the splinter damage does not exceed about 1/4 inch from the center of the hole in any direction. The ones you linked are just over 1/2 inch in diameter. For those to look and work best the cabinet pull screws would have to be changed to a type with a 'counter sunk' type of tapered head. Most cabinet pull screws are already with a fairly large diameter flat head that would, in my opinion, look weird on top of a cup washer. All that said there may very well be other types of larger diameter flat washers that could be used. – Michael Karas Jan 9 '17 at 16:05

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