Power-tool Joinery: Lock Joint Holds Drawers Tight

A good substitute for traditional methods, this joint is strong and easy to make.
By Bill Hylton
Pages: 26-28

From the August 2004 issue #142
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A couple of hundred years ago, most drawers were assembled with hand-cut dovetail joints – half-blinds up front, through dovetails at the back.

But it’s the 21st century now. Many of us don’t have time to hand-cut dovetails. We want something that can be cut fast, assembles quickly and, of course, will stay strong.

The drawer-lock joint is just the ticket. It has an interlock that holds the front and back to the sides and it resists the main stresses administered to a drawer – tension, compression and racking. The finished drawer might not have the pizazz of one assembled with dovetails, but it goes together a whole lot faster.

From the August 2004 issue #142
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