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542 days ago
I have a few shop projects that I need to build drawers for, and I honestly do not want to spend a ton of money on them, so I am thinking plywood for the drawer boxes. But that begs the question of what to do for joinery on these boxes.
While I know it is theoretically possible, is it a good idea to dovetail the joints here? I just cringe when I think of dovetailing plywood visioning blowing out tons of material and coming out with lousy joints. The other thought is to use locking rabbets, which is great to resist pulling forces, but lousy for sideways / torsional forces…
These drawer boxes need to support a fair amount of weight as they will be for tool related cabinetry, specifically a drill press stand cabinet that will house all my bits, of many various shapes, sizes and formats… I have other related projects in the queue that will be a while, but I will likely be using the same techniques for building them. They are….
#1. Full cabinet base filled with drawers for a workbench base. #2. Full cabinet base / workstation for my Ryobi BT3100 table saw / wide table kit. I will include a router wing in this… #3. Second full cabinet / drawer setup for misc shop storage including supplies. This is to replace my Strong Tie workbench and Rubbermaid totes. #4. Lathe stand cabinet.
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