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Nine drawers of storage in this 2-piece toolbox give you a place for everything

 

Step 12: Dry assemble the base by clamping the base sides (N) to the base top and bottom pieces (S). Slide-in the back (U), then check for squareness and fit. Disassemble and install the Tee-Nuts in the top of the base (See BOX TO BASE CONNECTION detail).

Reassemble with glue and attach the back (U) with glue and brads.

Step 13: Cut the drawer joinery. NOTE: refer to the TYPICAL DRAWER CONSTRUCTION drawing for more detail regarding the cuts made in this step.

Box to Base Connection Drawer Construction Front Layout 2
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Using a table saw blade that makes a 1/8" wide kerf and a tenon cutting attachment, stand each of the (9) drawer fronts (V) on end on your table saw and make a 3/8" deep by 1/8" wide cut, 1/8" in from the back edges at each end. IMPORTANT: Be sure to position a piece of scrap stock on the outfeed side of each cut to prevent splintering during the cut.

If you don't have a tenon cutting attachment, you can make this cut by using your table saw's rip fence to control the position of the cut. Again, back-up your drawer fronts with a piece of scrap stock on the outfeed side of each cut to prevent splintering during the cut...and use a feather board to hold your stock firmly against your rip fence while making these cuts.

Re-set your saw's depth-of-cut to 1/8" and cut the 1/8" wide vertical dadoes near the front and back (inside) ends of all (18) drawer sides (W).

Next, use your table saw's rip fence and a stop block to control your cut as you form the 1/8" x 1/8" tongues on each end of the front sides of your drawer fronts (V).

Now, re-set your saw's depth-of-cut to 1/4" and cut the 1/8" wide by 1/4" deep rabbets on the outside of each end of the (9) drawer backs (X).

Re-set your saw's depth-of-cut to 1/8" and cut the 1/8" wide grooves, up 1/8" from the bottoms of all (18) drawer sides (W) and all (9) drawer fronts (V). NOTE: Do NOT cut matching grooves at the bottom of the drawer backs (X).

Change to a dado blade setup and cut the 7/16" wide by 3/16" dadoes in the (18) drawer sides (W) for the drawer glides (F & R).

 

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