Drawer and top details.

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Blog entry by RockyBlue posted 03-12-2011 02:59 AM 3690 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is for Rivergirl since she was asking about the table.

Rivergirl, I attached the top using 5 pocket holes on each leg and 2.5” long screws.

I used to be intimidated by making drawers since there are so many ways to do it. For these small drawers I used a locking rabbet joint for the face and 2 pocket holes for the back. A drawer is just 4 pieces and a bottom, something I have to keep reminding myself. I cut the rabbet joints on my tablesaw without a dado blade. I just used my normal 1/8” saw blade and carefully cut 1/4” slots and tenons. The drawer I made for the other table that I gave to my uncle turned out better with the locking joint. I was dry fitting this one and noticed it was a smidge too tight so I went back and tried to cut a little out but it ended up being a little loose as you can see. Normally I would have but the back piece inside the side pieces, but since the back will be visible I wanted to hide the 1/4” groove for the bottom. So with the drawer in the table, you will never see the groove from the side or back. A few days later I bought a dado set so that future drawers will be easier.
This link was helpful to show the locking rabbet.

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 01:25 PM

Hey- thanks so much for this detailed blog!! I did buy a kreg joiner a couple weeks ago- haven’t used it yet- but I think I will give it a try on a cherry slab table I want to build. I have the wood cut and planed and resting in the house. :) I want to put slab legs (boot jack style) on it instead of logs this time. I don’t have a table saw for cutting rabbets, but I bought a bit for the little hand held router. Need to practice on some scrap for both the rabbet bit and the kreg before I hack up my slabs. LOL It snowed again yesterday- so when the weather finally warms up I will give it I whirl. Thanks again!

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