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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 07-04-2016 04:12 PM 511 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joel_B

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07-04-2016 04:12 PM

I need to make some drawers for my nightstand and decided to use the drawer lock method.
There are many drawer lock bits to choose from including:

MLCS
Inifinity
Freud
Rockler
Yonico

They vary in diameter from 1 to 2 inches. I am not sure why the diameter would matter other than a larger diameter might cut faster. Some have the option for a set up block. Since all the drawers will be made from the same stock I am not sure the set up block is really needed. The Yonico is the least expensive and is on Amazon Prime. Rockler is next cheapest and I could possibly pick it up at the local store. The drawer fronts will be white oak, I am not sure what to use for the sides. I don,t really want to use ply as the router bit might chew it up. I am thinking maybe poplar or alder. Thanks for any advise.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA


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Beaver_Lumber

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#1 posted 07-04-2016 04:27 PM

Joel,

consider also CMT router bits. I have this brand for my lock drawer bit and it works just as good as Freud while being cheaper. Last winter I rebuild 4 drawers to replace the crappy ones that were falling apart in our kitchen. I used 1/2” baltic birch plywood and the result was flawless. Took a little time and 2 or 3 test cuts to make sure the setting was dialed right, but once setted it was a quick job…

If you have access to Woodsmith magazine, look at the issue 222 as there is an article specifically on using this type of router bit. I did use it as a reference while doing my drawers…

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 05:40 PM

You just can’t go wrong with Whiteside…......get the 1/2 shank.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/814944/LK-DR-12SH-1LD-12CL.aspx?gclid=CJqztvqs2s0CFdKIfgodv-kDrg

BTW what is your drawer material thickness?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 07-04-2016 06:28 PM

Just like locking miter bits, get the correct diameter bit for your drawer stock thickness.
Rocket and Whiteside make good bits.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Joel_B

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#4 posted 07-04-2016 11:54 PM



You just can t go wrong with Whiteside…......get the 1/2 shank.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/814944/LK-DR-12SH-1LD-12CL.aspx?gclid=CJqztvqs2s0CFdKIfgodv-kDrg

BTW what is your drawer material thickness?

- AlaskaGuy

I think 1/2 or 5/8 for sides and 3/4 for fronts

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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AlaskaGuy

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 12:02 AM


You just can t go wrong with Whiteside…......get the 1/2 shank.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/814944/LK-DR-12SH-1LD-12CL.aspx?gclid=CJqztvqs2s0CFdKIfgodv-kDrg

BTW what is your drawer material thickness?

- AlaskaGuy

I think 1/2 or 5/8 for sides and 3/4 for fronts

- Joel_B
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I assume you’re going to make a draw box with 4 sides, a bottom and a separate draw front.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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BurlyBob

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 12:07 AM

Totally agree Whiteside. They’re the best in my book.

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AlaskaGuy

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 12:08 AM

I’ve made a lot of drawer with dovetails (Leigh Jig) and box joints (Leigh jig) but don’t use those much anymore unless some ask or for something special.

For drawer I mostly use a lock rabbet joint . You can do it on the tables/no need to buy anything.

https://youtu.be/_V8MS0RDxCw

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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