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jbay

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03-31-2017 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig drawers clamp

Making sure drawers are square makes a night and day difference
in drawer operation and making sure drawers fronts are flat when closed.

I hate it when one side of the drawer box sticks out more than the other
and you end up trying to shim the back over to even them out.

I’ve been looking for a manufactured drawer clamp machine but they’re rather expensive so I decided to make my own until I come across one for the right price (which means something I can afford)

Quick and Dirty as they say.

I built this (very simple) clamping jig to make sure my drawers dry square and flat after they are built.
The capacity is 36×22 x 8, although the drawer in the pictures is 9” Tall
The process is a little slower because of the dry time,
but I think it’s worth it, I just have to use my “dry time” to work on other things.
I leave each one in the clamp for about 20 min. then carefully remove them so I don’t knock them out of square.

The clamps I used are from my Hitachi miter saw hold downs.

After using it on my first job I think I will add an 8×22 x 8/4 block of wood to the clamp ends,
I think that will help when clamping smaller depth drawers.


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 03:42 PM

As a 70 years old, I can proudly say I haven’t loaded them yet….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 03:42 PM

That’s a sweet looking jig. I’m going to see if I can adapt that idea to work with my pipe clamps I’ve got a drawer project coming up in the very near future. Thanks a bunch.

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 04:29 PM



As a 70 years old, I can proudly say I haven t loaded them yet….... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who went there. :)

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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jbay

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 05:25 PM

Thanks Bob!

As a 70 years old, I can proudly say I haven t loaded them yet….... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

I m so glad that I m not the only one who went there. :)

- fivecodys

You’ll get there, just hope someone is around to help unload them!

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 03-31-2017 05:30 PM

Good looking setup

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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jbay

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#6 posted 03-31-2017 06:04 PM

Thanks Monte

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#7 posted 03-31-2017 07:35 PM

I like this jig a lot. What are you using to prevent gluing the drawer to the jig if theres a little squeeze out? I can’t quite tell from the photo, are your drawer sides rabbeted?

You might be able to add one or two air cylinders to this jig to speed things up a bit. Could you put a few pins in the joint right after you square it up to help speed things up?

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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jbay

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#8 posted 03-31-2017 09:38 PM

Thanks TungOil,

I clean the glue off before I put the drawers into the jig. So far any squeeze out has been minimal and I just clean it off before I put in the next. I used melamine for the insides so if glue does dry I can scrap it off easily.

Air cylinders would be cool, but that means $investment$. I made this from scrap laying around.

Not sure about the pins, might only be able to get in a couple.
But maybe I could make a couple of corner blocks to slip over the top to make sure they stay square after I take them out. I might be able to take them out a little sooner?

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#9 posted 03-31-2017 11:41 PM

Nice jig and great idea.

I recently tried using Press ‘n Seal to line a jig. It is like Glad wrap but just a little sticky on one side. It worked very well.

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TungOil

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#10 posted 04-01-2017 12:16 AM

The glue dry time is a productivity killer. If you can get some pins in there you could really speed things up. Perhaps if you modify the very corner of your jig you can get the pin nailer in there to shoot a few pins before you take the drawer box out? Maybe a few strategically placed holes would allow you get get in some pins?

I like the corner blocks. They would allow you to pull the drawer boxes out right after you clamp and pin them but still hold square as long as you have a flat surface to put them on so they don’t dry with a twist.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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Choke

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#11 posted 04-01-2017 12:32 AM

Love a good JIG.

-- Winning the Hearts and Minds one measurement at a time

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jbay

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#12 posted 04-01-2017 02:28 AM

Thanks Redoak,

Thanks Choke, I’ve been wondering where you’ve been.
Nice work on the bandsaw box.

Good Ideas TungOil, Thanks

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Woodknack

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#13 posted 04-01-2017 04:40 AM

I’m really impressed … that you haven’t deleted this and it’s been most of a day. LOL

Hey just teasing, jig looks good.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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jbay

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#14 posted 04-01-2017 01:33 PM



I m really impressed … that you haven t deleted this and it s been most of a day. LOL

Hey just teasing, jig looks good.

- Rick M

Thanks,
Cricket red carded me. Got to play nice.. :>/

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#15 posted 04-01-2017 01:40 PM

Drawers are bit snug….waist is 40, inseam is 32…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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