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How to Make Drawer Sides with One-Pass Milling

Making multiple sets of drawers for cabinetry is a time-consuming process that requires multiple blade setups. These instructions show how to make drawer sides with multiple blades in a single pass.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Set the Table Saw, and Make Rabbet Cuts

Use a 1/4" dado stack in the table saw. Set it 1/4" high. Use a drawer side to get the proper spacing between the dado stack and the fence. To create the back of the drawer, make a rabbet cut on each of the short ends of the drawer sides.

Step 2: Cut Grooves

Cut a groove along the length of the drawer back. The bottom of the drawer will slide into that groove (Image 1). Make the two sides of the drawer by cutting a groove into each board. Use the exact same setup used for the drawer back (Image 2). Tip: Cut the bottom of the drawer using the same setup on the table saw. Just take out the miter gauge and put in a featherboard to hold the drawer bottom against the fence for the cut.

Step 3: Assemble the Pieces

Assemble pieces, then attach a drawer front and the project is complete.

attaching the drawer front

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