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In ShopNotes No. 96, we showed how a drawer joint bit in your router table is a fast and easy way to make drawers in a short amount of time. The key to how this works is the bit and its unique stepped profile. What it allows you to do is cut both halves of the joint at the same bit height, all you need to do is change the fence.
Like a lot of woodworkers, I have a hard time throwing away the scraps left over from a project. That was the case recently when I needed a couple of handles for a project. They are made from plywood and are fairly small.
I have built several storage cabinets with a number of drawers to help organize small pieces of hardware and other items. The problem was I did not want to buy a separate pull for each drawer. Plus, I wanted an easy way to know exactly what was inside without having to open the drawer. To solve both these problems, I made drawer pulls that double as label holders, as you can see in the photo.
Adding a couple drawers to the oak dining table will make good use of some extra space. You will have a convenient place to store placemats, linens or even serving utensils. This alternate design option is available to download in this Online Extra.
One of the most fundamental skills of cabinetry or fine furniture making is building dovetail drawers. A well-built dovetail drawer is not only incredibly strong and long-lasting, but is aesthetically beautiful.
You can do more with your half-blind dovetail jig than meets the eye. You have probably used it to make drawers with plain, inset fronts, but it is really quite simple to make lipped drawer fronts, too.
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