Box joined drawersA traditional method of joining the drawer front to the sides of a drawer is to use a rabbeted dovetail joint. This is an elaborate and time consuming joint to cut, even with a dovetail jig. On top of that, a dovetail joint is not even as strong as a box joint if you make the box joint fingers at all reasonably narrow. Not that all this matters so much, even simply rabbet joined drawers hold up well enough.
But after having built my super fancy box joint jig, I explored an interesting idea for how to use it to attach drawer fronts. The main problem being that a box joint normally forms a corner of a box, and not a T-type joint that is needed for a drawer.
But with my fancy jig, I can safely and accurately cut box joints that are quite deep. This enables me to make a bit of a T-joint for the drawer front.
Basically, I cut the box joint about 2 cm deeper into the drawer front than
I would if I were to just make a box.
With the slots cut very deeply, the fingers stick out way beyond the corner joint,
and I can then just use another scrap piece with fingers cut into it to
fill the gaps. The image at left shows a test fitting of this.
Having the extra piece with the fingers in it is actually quite handy for gluing
the drawer together, as it's a convenient spot to put a clamp on, without getting
glue all over the clamp.
Although the drawer front looked kind of intriguing as it was, I wanted the drawer
face to be made of hardwood. I had some nice pieces of white oak that i had
been saving, that I resawed to thin slabs
to glue onto the faces of these drawers. That way, the drawer fronts won't get
banged up as quickly.
I used this same method of construction for the four upper drawers of this workbench.
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