Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Post For Ron
Ron from For Lack of a Better Plan asked me how I did the bottoms of drawers and so I thought I would do another post showing what I tried to explain in the comment section of my last post. This shows the tablesaw method that I use to cut a dado on the bottom of the pieces. The piece on the left will be the drawer front and the piece on the right will be the drawer side. I make sure that I put the dado in the bottom finger of the box joint on the drawer side. When you put them together seen below, you will be left with a small square hole on the drawer front and back. Since I will attach a larger front onto the drawer to hide the drawer slides, the two square holes on the front will be covered up. The two square holes in back will never be seen unless you pull the drawer completely out and look.
For decorative boxes like a jewelry box or the treasure chest I'm making where the holes will be visible, I use a different method. If I make a dado, I have to use a plunge router and properly sized bit and stop short of the end so that the dado doesn't show on the ends. This is a strong joint but requires a plunge router. An alternative is to cut a rabbit joint with a regular router and stop short of the end also. This is a weaker joint but doesn't require a plunge router. An alternative to using a router is to do the joint on the table saw like what I showed in these two pictures and just cut a wooden plug out of the same material and glue it into the holes. This takes a bit of fine cutting strips on a table saw and then sanding them to size or using a pocket plane etc. I have done this method before I got a router but it takes a bit of time to get the square holes to disappear.