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Which Drawer Lock Bit with 1/2" Shank should I buy?

by ohtimberwolf
posted 02-12-2018 12:13 AM


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John_

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#1 posted 02-12-2018 02:07 AM

I don’t have any experience with a drawer lock, but I do with a lock miter bit which is pretty similar

My ‘go to’ router bits are Whiteside. I would look their 3347 if your going to be using 1/2” material, the 3352 is for 3/4” or thicker
https://www.whitesiderouterbits.com/collections/locking-drawer-glue-joints/products/3347

They also have a pdf file with some instructions on how to set it up

https://s3.amazonaws.com/shopify-custom-fields/whiteside-machine.myshopify.com/fields/products/pdf_instructions/8820071369/Locking%20Drawer%20Glue%20Joint.pdf

Regarding the wood, I would consider popular or maple, depending on your budget. I have also even used baltic birch with dovetails and it worked out pretty well, but a lot is going to depend on your personal preference and $$$

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Mike_D_S

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#2 posted 02-12-2018 03:49 AM

I’ve never gone wrong buying a Whiteside bit and would definitely recommend it over Freud.

I’ve made 4 or 5 dozen drawers with a drawer lock bit. They seem to be holding up fairly well and I don’t have any reported failures. But for a few drawers that are definitely going to have heavy weight (silverware drawers for example) I’ll reinforce the drawer front with two short pieces of 1/4 dowel drilled in on either side after the drawer is assembled.

The one thing is getting the height and depth right. After setting it up with test cuts several times, I used part of an old poly cutting boards and made a couple of setup jigs to help me set the bit pretty much dead on.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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Rayne

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#3 posted 02-12-2018 03:52 AM

+1 on Whiteside. Fantastic router bits and made in the USA to boot.

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ToughCut

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#4 posted 02-12-2018 05:06 AM

have this one from Lee Valley and it work really well. I have made about a dozen drawers with it.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/page.aspx?p=30107&cat=1,33084,46168,69435,46174&ap=1

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ohtimberwolf

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#5 posted 02-12-2018 01:52 PM

Thanks guys this is exactly what i needed to be sure of, infeed from those who have used them. Thanks again. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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ohtimberwolf

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#6 posted 02-13-2018 04:11 AM

Thanks to all who posted. I decided on the Whitside 3347 and ordered it. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#7 posted 02-13-2018 04:25 AM

None! I usually do dovetails. Those joints will never fail.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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