An Ideal Joint for Small Drawers

When you open a small drawer that fits perfectly and is tight, it is a pleasure to see well-crafted joints.

Small hand-cut slots respond well, but sawing and cutting take a lot of skill and practice. Here's a joint that's much easier to do: a half-blind tongue and tail. Everything is done on the table saw.

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Discover the Simple Way To Make An Ideal Joint for Small Drawers!

This joint is perfect if you are making a set of different width drawers because width does not matter. You can cut all the sides and all the fronts at the same time.

This gasket can be easily adapted to materials of any thickness. I'm going to show you how to make drawers with 3/8 "sides and 3/4" fronts, the dimensions I used in a little toolbox.

Start by making a curly cut along the sides of the drawer. The die is only 1/8-inch wide, so the easiest way to do this is to use a standard cross-cut blade. Set the distance between the blade and the fence to exactly 3/8 ″.

Cutting made with this blade will not leave a flat bottom, of course, so if you want a joint without small gaps, you will want to flatten the die with a small router.

Cut a 3/8 "x 3/8" slot in the front end of the drawer, using a set of dice. Support the part with a tenon template.

Next, cut a dice at the ends of the sides of the drawer with a set of dice. This cut begins to form the tongue and the groove of the joint. Three measures are critical, in this order:

1) The width of the data set. This should be equal to the distance from the end of the drawer side to the die. Check the width of the dataset before cutting the drawer fronts. Make a test cut in a piece of wood first and place it directly on the side of the drawer to see if you get it right.

2) The height of the given set. This should be equal to the thickness of the material on the side of the drawer; here, it is 3/8 ″. Again, make a test cut before continuing.

3) The distance between the die and the face of the barbed jig. It should be equal to the width of the die on the drawer side: 1/8 ″. When cutting the slots, be sure to position the outside of the drawer front against the face of the tenon template.

Finally, shorten the tab on the front of the drawer to fit the side of the drawer. This completes the tongue and click. It is better to cut the tongue a little more at first and then adjust the guide until it is snug.

The front and sides of the drawer should close together, with no gaps.

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