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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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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
doug thompson wrote:

Here's how-Click on Print. Highlight the text and pics by left click and hold with your mouse to turn all of the article blue. Right click on any text and select copy. Then open MS word and when open right click on any open page and click paste. Save as a word doc where ever you like.

5/25/2013 10:40:00 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
duna6430 wrote:

For other readers - don't print w/the page links on the article, but use your explorer print command (upper right hand corner for my system) - it allows you to print the entire article, and true to WOOD's word - the banner doesn't print. Apologies to the staff! Thanks for the article.

3/28/2013 10:20:52 AM Report Abuse
duna6430 wrote:

The annoying subscription offer won't let us print anything on the site. I'm already a subscriber! How can we avoid the banners that interfere?

3/28/2013 10:17:05 AM Report Abuse

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