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Blog series by DanW updated 01-30-2010 06:32 PM 3 parts 7678 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Jig creation

01-30-2010 05:33 PM by DanW | 1 comment »

I was watching PBS one Saturday afternoon when Scott Phillips took a trip to a jig creators workshop. The show left me with the desire to create something different (at least different for me). I had been looking at some furniture in a local “Antiques” store, trying to get ideas for future projects, and had noticed a strange joint used to hold the drawers together. It looked like little half moons with pins in them & I wondered “now how did they do that?” Well,...

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Part 2: Routing the drawer front

01-30-2010 05:56 PM by DanW | 2 comments »

Now I have the following items.1. Router table with a 3/4” pattern bit installed in the router.2. Drawer front3. Drawer sides4. Router template/jig Using your template and drawer side stacked, adjust the bit height so that the cut is a 1/64” too deep (if I set it flush I end up unsatisfied with the fit) Set the template on the end of the drawer front with the best grain towards the template fence . Then center the front so that the teeth (for lack of a better term) are even,...

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Part 3: Draw sides

01-30-2010 06:32 PM by DanW | 6 comments »

Now that the drawer front is complete, it’s time to work on the sides. Trace the template onto the sides.I use a scroll saw to cut this but small band saw blade or coping saw would work. Once the sides are sawed, glue the drawers together. Once the drawers are dry, setup a plunge router with a 3/4” collar and a 1/4” drill bit. I ground the point to a very flat angle (mimic a router bit) and the side flutes slightly just for use in the router (since dowel rods are typically s...

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