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I'm working on the plans for my kitchen drawers. I am using 1/2 inch stock ( wood not ply) for the box and then screwing in a drawer front.
I was thinking of finger joints, then someone mentioned using a router bit designed for drawers.
I been reading Rockler catalog on the bits. It sounds to me like I have to join 1/2 in sides to 3/4 inch fronts and backs ?
Not really what I want to do.
Am I right on this ?
Does anyone have any experience with a drawer locking router bit ?
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I'm working on the plans for my kitchen drawers. I am using 1/2 inch stock ( wood not ply) for the box and then screwing in a drawer front.
I was thinking of finger joints, then someone mentioned using a router bit designed for drawers.
I been reading Rockler catalog on the bits. It sounds to me like I have to join 1/2 in sides to 3/4 inch fronts and backs ?
Not really what I want to do.
Am I right on this ?
Does anyone have any experience with a drawer locking router bit ?
Thanks Jack
No, you can join same thickness boards with the drawer lock bit. You don't really need that bit, it just mimics a locking rabbet which can be done with a slot cutter or a straight bit on the router table or just cut on the table saw. I figured that out after I bought one for my first set of drawers. If the drawers are overlaid and the fronts integral, it does make life a lot easier but for attached fronts it really isn't needed.

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Locking rabbet joint

Hi John,
Thanks for your reply, but now I have more questions ?
If I am using 1/2 in wood for sides, front and back.
I googled up a locking rabbet joint and it appears to me that I need 3/4 inch wood.
At least, in all the examples I looked at they were 1/2 in to 3/4 in or just 3/4 inch, all using a 1/2 rabbet
It looks easy enough to do on my table saw. I have a dado blade setup.
And I am not sure if I tried a 1/8 rabbet it would be strong enough.

The examples have the 3/4 inch board divided in 3 1/4 in cut out, and the 1/ in board fits into.

So, I got more questions then answers right now. All advice is welcome.
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ok I saw one that works on 1/2 inch. its actually 2 cuts instead of 3. It works on 1/2 board 1/4 in rabbets. jeeze I feel stupid
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ok I saw one that works on 1/2 inch. its actually 2 cuts instead of 3. It works on 1/2 board 1/4 in rabbets. jeeze I feel stupid
Hi Jack - not stupid, just unfamiliar with the things. I replaced my 15 kitchen drawers and built about a dozen shop drawers with 1/2" plywood (closer to 7/16" actually). I cut all the grooves 1/4" x1/4" and made the rabbets 1/4" x 3/16". Since I was using plywood, I wasn't concerned with seasonal expansion and attached the bottoms the same way. Talk about a solid drawer, especially the ones with dividers dadoed and glued in.
I only used the drawer lock bit on the first 3 shop drawers I made, all the rest were done with slot cutters and straight bits.

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my table saw is going to be my workhorse in rebuilding the kitchen. Its old, real old, my dad built his house with it in 1950.
Its solid 1/4 in steel not aluminum or cast. I been using it for almost 30 yrs now and it still cuts true.
I'm rebuilding drawers and doors, refacing the cabinet fronts, building 2 new cabinets to match.
Its a beadboard country look, painted off white, ( wife picked buttercream ? )
I want to make sure what I build looks good and is solid.
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oh wife decided I'm doing solid drawer fronts too much beadboard otherwise
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You could do a simple drawer joint with just the table saw and a single blade. Just a simple rabbet to the drawer sides. Using ½" stock, make two cuts. The rabbet will be ¼"x ½". Groove the bottom of the sides and the front for the bottom. The back is cut short to slide the bottom in. The four drawer members are ½". Make a separate drawer front (to add) from ¾" material.




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I'm late for this party, but you can use a locking joint on wood as thin as 1/4" all around. I've done it for drawers in jewelry boxes. You also can make them without a dado set or the special bit. All you need is a table saw with a good blade or a really steady hand with a hand saw.

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