Adjustable Jig Holds Drawers, Casework for Planing
I made this jig to support dovetailed cabinets while I use a handplane to smooth the sides and joinery, but it can also be used to smooth and fit drawers. The jig consists of two arms, two slotted crosspieces, and four threaded knobs. I secure the whole thing to the workbench with holdfasts, but you can use clamps if the arms are long enough. By adjusting the space between the arms and varying the jig’s location on the bench, you can support virtually any size drawer. The components of my jig were made from 3⁄4-in. plywood. If you plan to use the jig for heavy and large carcases, consider doubling the thickness of the arms.
McKay Sleight, Orem, UT
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