Because we have just about put to bed the current issue and due to the upcoming holiday weekend, I had a little free time to be out in the shop. Look out workbench, here I come – again. Today I worked on the shop drawers that slip into boxes that will eventually fit inside the base of my bench.
In the left-hand photo you can see how my parts come together. I made the drawers with simple-to-assemble joinery; I don’t need dovetails in this scenario. These drawers are small and shallow, so I decided to use a dado & rabbet joint (some woodworkers call this a lock joint). Download a copy of “Joinery Tips & Techniques” to learn more about simple joints and how to make them. I keep a copy close by.
The dado is cut into the drawer sides, leaving the rabbet in the front and back. I used the two blades of a dado stack (no chippers required) to cut the dado.