How to Build Super Simple Drawers — WOOD magazine

Limiting yourself to building cabinets or furniture without drawers is like driving a car without a steering wheel–in both cases, you won’t get too far. Dovetails are great and interlocking router-cut joints can be super strong, but oftentimes simple is better. In this video, WOOD Magazine’s Jeff Mertz shows you how to build super-simple drawers using only one setup on your tablesaw.

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20 Replies to “How to Build Super Simple Drawers — WOOD magazine”

  1. Two things, after thanking you for the helpful presentation:

    1) although I'll admit it was back in another CENTURY, I coulda swore we were taught that it's taboo (clever word for DANGEROUS) to use BOTH the fence and the miter gauge on a table saw (guessing the likely answer is that you're just cutting a dado on the underside, not through-cutting, so what danger?);

    2) I don't follow how it's useful at the first checkpoint to take two identical pieces after cutting the dado to see if they can fit together: that's not how things fit, so what's the point, PLUS – bumping the fence in a smidgen would allow those pieces to fit together easier than shimming the dado stack – although as I said, what does THAT prove?

    Thanks, again, though – my own best take-away is your mention of having tested the strength of this joint, finding it stronger than the much more complicated (half-blind, was it?) dovetail. KISS principle wins again!

  2. About the interlocking test at about 1:50… it is mystifying. Let's call the wall of the dado nearest the edge of the board the "near wall", and the wall furthest away from the edge the "far wall". The only requirement on the dado, other than that it not be too unreasonably deep or too skinny, would seem to be that the distance from the far wall of the dado to the edge of the board that the dado is in should be equal to the thickness of the mating piece (the piece with the rabbet)— that and of course the fact that the thickness left by the rabbet must be the dado width.

  3. Pocket hole joinery has its place…but I like this method a whole lot better especially for multiple drawers ….Thanks for showing this method.

  4. and i dont use any of this, just glue, clamps and pocket screws but then again i am pretty lazy about it all… often times only making the most basic of measurements and then winging it

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