Woodworking: Drawer Making: Dovetails and Drawer Locks
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Woodworking: Drawer Making: Dovetails and Drawer Locks

This detailed course will cover everything you need to make superior drawers on your next project.
5.0 (7 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
57 students enrolled
Created by George Vondriska
Last updated 1/2020
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • This woodworking course provides many important tips & fundamentals to help you create superior drawers for any project.
  • Teaches you many dovetail jig tips & tricks.
  • How to use your table saw to product drawer lock joints.
Requirements
  • There are not any course requirements or prerequisites for this class.
Description

Imagine the number of opening and closing cycles a drawer sees in its lifetime. Not only are people constantly pulling and pushing on drawer boxes, in most cases drawers are loaded with heavy stuff. Especially in your shop. That’s a lot of abuse. If you’re taking the time to make a drawer, take the time to make it right – and take this online video Course produced in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America to help you create superior drawers for any project.

Dovetails and drawer locks are time-tested joints for drawers. Using these types of joints will greatly reduce the likelihood of the joints on a drawer failing. Our “Drawer Making: Dovetails and Drawer Locks” woodworking instruction course teaches you must-have skills for these joints.

HALF-BLIND DOVETAILS

Half-blind dovetails are commonly used for drawers, and many people look for this joint as a sign of craftsmanship. This video instructional course teaches you how to set up and use a router-based jig. Jigs make dovetails easier than hand cutting, but there are many aspects of set-up that need to be done correctly in order for the jig to work correctly. This class provides many dovetail jig tips and tricks including lubricating the jig, aligning the drawer parts, setting bit depth, and handling the router.

TABLE SAW DRAWER LOCKS

With a little practice and finesse, you can easily produce drawer lock joints on the table saw using a dado head. Once the blade height and fence position are correctly set, this is an incredibly fast way to make a solid joint, and cut the groove for the drawer bottom.

JOINERY ALTERNATIVES

Like half-blinds, through dovetails require the correct setup. This video instruction will help you get a perfect fit. Drawer lock router bits may seem fussy to use, but not when you know the tricks this video class teaches you.

Woodworkers Guild of America instructor George Vondriska brings many years of residential and commercial cabinet making and furniture making experience to you through this course. His easy-to-follow process and clear step-by-step instruction will help you to increase your confidence in making a better drawer, no matter what your next project is.

In addition to these key drawer making essentials in video form, this online class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Guide you can follow for the key steps of the course instruction; and source references for any specialized tools and material used in the course.


Who this course is for:
  • Woodworkers wanting to get increase your confidence in making a better drawer.
Course content
Expand 6 lectures 02:18:36
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6 lectures 02:18:36

Here are the ins and outs of setting up and using a half-blind dovetail jig. Lubricating the jig, setting depth of cut, positioning the material, handling the router…each of these must be done correctly for good dovetails. No details are overlooked. We even show you where many woodworkers go wrong when making dovetails.

Setting up and Using a Dovetail Jig
50:01

If you’ve got a dado head you have what you need to cut drawer lock joints on the table saw. Blade height and fence position are key to a good quality joint, and we provide you with everything you need for each step of the process. You’ll also learn the key to positioning the groove for the drawer bottom so that it’s hidden behind your dovetail joint.

Cutting Drawer Lock Joints
25:21

Want more joinery choices? Here they are. We’ll teach you to cut through dovetails on a router-based jig, along with all the required setup tips, and how to make drawer lock joints on the router table. Whether you use a slot-cutting bit or a task-specific drawer lock router bit, you’ll get the instruction you need.

Drawer Joinery Alternatives
50:29

George wraps up this class with a reminder to practice the techniques you learned in the class to be better prepared for any future project that includes drawers. With a little practice, and attention to detail, you’ll be making drawers for all your projects that can withstand use and abuse, and will stand up through the test of time.

Preview 00:57

George shares his history of furniture making and what people are looking for.

What are People Looking For in a Drawer
02:18