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Lock-Rabbet Drawer Joints

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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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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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