Lock-Rabbet Drawer Joints
1. To protect the face of your tablesaw fence from blade cuts, attach a 6"-high wood auxiliary fence to it. Install a 1/4"-wide dado set, and adjust the fence so the dado set just grazes it.
Use your 1/4"-thick stock for the drawer side or back to adjust the height of the dado set to match the thickness of that material, as shown below. Make a 1/4x1/2" rabbet cut in a 3/4x3x3" scrap "gauge block" positioned face down on your saw. Nestle your drawer side or back into the rabbet to double-check that the depth of the cut matches the thickness of the 1/2" stock. Save this gauge block.
2. Readjust the fence-to-dado set distance to match the width of the rabbet cut in the gauge block. As shown below, the edge of the rabbet should meet the dado set teeth closest to the fence. Use a square to hold the gauge block 900 to the fence.
3. Position a drawer front on edge with its back face against the fence. Now, cut 1/4x1/2" grooves in both ends as shown below, left. Do this to all of your drawer fronts.
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