DIY Network

How To Cut a Lock Joint

Follow these steps to make a lock joint.

More in Home Improvement

cutting a lock joint
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Prepare to Make the Cut

A lock joint is a good drawer joint because it holds together tightly as the drawer is moved. Use a 1/4" dado stack for this project. Set the blade 1/4" above the table. Set the fence 1/4" from the blade edge. Place a board flat against the table top and tight against the fence.

Step 2: Make the First Cut

Make a cut on all the way across the board. This board will be the drawer side. For the drawer front, cut a 1/4" x 1/4" rabbet. So that you don’t have to change the blade setup, Use a 1/4" spacer board between the fence and the board. Use your miter gauge to hold the board and maintain the spacing as you push through the cut. Change the blade height to 1/2".

Step 3: Make the Second Cut

Stand the drawer front vertically for the next cut. Make the cut through the end of the board, holding the board tight against the fence. Make sure to hold the board above the cut area and out of harm’s way. Put the two boards together to make a lock joint. Remember to use glue to bond the joint. To make a lock joint on a table saw using 3/4" material, follow the first few steps up until step 5, cutting the rabbet. For 3/4" material, use a 1/2" x 1/4" rabbet; don’t use the spacer to make that cut. Then, raise the blade to 3/4" to make the vertical cut.

Was this project helpful?

Don't forget: Read comments and leave your own

Advertisement

Projects

COMMENT ON THIS PROJECT

    

Sign in

All fields are required.

E-mail Address:

Password:

Remember me on this computer

Signing in

Please enter your email address and we will send your password

E-mail Address

Your password has been sent and should arrive in your mailbox very soon.

Not a member?

Sign up with DIY Network to share tips with other do-it-yourselfers and comment and ask questions on projects.

It's free and easy.