I was trying to describe a specific part of a set of drawers in another question, and cannot find the right name for it.

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A photo showing the same part. Notice not all drawers have these, or they may be spaced out in a reduced number - I have one set where there's a drawer-thingy every two drawers, not between each.

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Given that every part of any item made of wood has some kind of name, I'm positive this does but can't find it.

I don’t believe it’s any of these:

  • Shelf - its a useless shelf because you can't put anything on it.
  • Front Face - this applies to the whole front that doesn't open.


  • Shelf brace?
  • Stringer?
  • Drawer support? (incredibly boring!)
  • Drawer chinrest? Perhaps - given
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    @grawity I don't freehand when doing carpentry - need all the accuracy I can get :-P
    – Criggie
    Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 10:11
  • how did you create that animation? Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 17:58
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    @SidharthGhoshal it's dead easy - I used GIMP - put a photo on one layer, then drew the red boxes on a second layer. The trick is to "export" as a gif, and in the options turn on animation, and set the time to something that works. This looks like 300 ms but 500 ms works good too. Give it a go.
    – Criggie
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 18:34

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According to this diagram¹ it is a 'mid rail'.

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That's a pretty standard North American term. It's quite likely you would find alternates from the UK, Europe, etc. I once worked alongside an architect who was educated in England. This fellow tended to call any horizontal support a lintel although I believe the true definition is a bit stricter.

¹ This diagram seems have at least one typo. 'Gusset or Coner Block' should most likely be 'Gusset or Corner Block'.

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    Usually that part is just part of the face frame, but it looks like the ones in your photos are for added rigidity as well.
    – Evil Elf
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 13:21
  • That looks like part of the faceframe. The piece in the question is part of the carcase.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 1:23

That looks sort of like a web frame, although only the front rail. A web frame supports the drawer, provides a place to mount the drawer runners, can frame a dust cover, and stiffens the cabinet. From the picture, this looks like it's only there for the last function.


I work at a cabinet shop. The top picture is a face frame cabinet, the name in your diagram is an accurate reflection of what we call it at our shop in the US. The second picture you have is a euro construction cabinet.

We build both and for the euro cabinet we just refer to it as a "drawer stretcher" it's only purpose from what I can tell is to add more strength to the cabinet and keep it more square. Just like stretcher boards would on a face frame cabinet.

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    It would help to say the word you mean rather than saying "the name in your diagram". I am not sure what you mean by that. On SE, it's possible to edit your answer. Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 16:36
  • You mean like a "board stretcher"?
    – gnicko
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 19:33

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