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Lock-Rabbet Drawer Joints

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Although you can build drawer joints using any number of methods, we think lock-rabbet joints like the ones below make sense for attaching the sides, fronts, and backs of most drawers. Although not as strong as a dovetail joint, a well-made lock-rabbet joint will hold up fine unless the drawer takes heavy, regular pounding. And, it's much simpler to cut than dovetails.

Note: Before you start, make sure that all of your drawer front stock is the same thickness (about 3/4"). Also, your sides and backs should be identically thick (about 1/2").

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Comments (5)
pastorruss53 wrote:

For the person who can't read the type, Hold your "CTRL" key down and press the "+" sign and it will make it larger. the "-" makes it smaller. I have used this joint and it works well

3/29/2016 08:06:16 AM Report Abuse
09307c83 wrote:

The text in the illustrations is completely illegible on my HD 15 inch monitor. Could you possibly make the illustrations larger and the text legible? There are no buttons on the web page to make the illustrations larger.

3/25/2016 09:07:26 PM Report Abuse
StillwaterMan wrote:

The large surface area of the lock-rabbit joint isn┐t going to fail under any use when cut and glued properly. I tried to drive one apart/fail with an 8# sledge and couldn┐t.

3/24/2016 10:31:12 AM Report Abuse
doug thompson wrote:

Oh- by the way-these plans are probably copyrighted. DO NOT share or sell the download. It's probably illegal and we don't want WOOD to stop making these articles available as they are. Integrity, right guys?!?

5/25/2013 10:42:49 PM Report Abuse
patrick brodeur wrote:

Have used this method many times. Comes in handy when I don't have the chance to use dovetails.

3/28/2013 12:10:22 PM Report Abuse

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