Shopnotes - Drawer Lock Rabbet Jig

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Project by depictureboy posted 04-18-2011 02:56 PM 7518 views 26 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this jig over several weekends as I was waiting for parts on my bedroom project to dry, or only had a few minutes to spare. Its from the September 2010 issue. It made cutting out 12 pair of different size drawers a snap.

A couple things I would recommend if you decide to build this.

1. on the front section, I would add a small dado to the back of the top piece of plywood. This jig creates A LOT of sawdust particulate and it gets wedged inbetween the fence and the base farely easily and makes simple registration tricky.

2. I would make the back section a bit wider, I didnt think about this as I was making it, but if you are makine deep drawers you will need more than the 7.5 inches.

3. Dont use cheap hinges on the flip stops, one of mine has some slop in it and it can be a pain. You want your hinges to be tight with little play.

4. Its absolutely critical that BOTH fences perpendicular to the blade. Its even more critical than with a regular crosscut sled because you are depending on the dado’s to be parallel to your edge.

This is the beefiest jig I have built to date, but its well worth it.

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 03:01 PM

What issue is this from ??

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 03:18 PM

“Its from the September 2010 issue.”

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 03:32 PM

looks nice !
tanks for the extra ideas

issue 113

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 05:02 PM

Thanks for insights of the jig

While building my tool chest I thoroughly considered building a jig for the 15 drawers. Finally I decided to make the lock joints applying the Flintstones methods. (A lot of scrap tests, and a lot of praying as well)

I´ll take your opinion and be building one for the next chest. So if it doesn´t work, I´ll know who the fault was. ;_)

Thank you again

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 01-31-2019 09:28 PM

Thanks for posting the LEFT TILT variation, but I don’t understand how the TILT is an issue? I’ve never tilted the blad when making a drawer. Is this more intended to refer to which SIDE OF THE BLADE your FENCE is located?

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#6 posted 01-31-2019 09:29 PM

Does this jig really save much time over just shimming drawer back/front/sides and making a 2nd cut of exact width for the tongues?

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