Noob Alter: looking to expand skills and continue learning. Would like to
try joining drawer sides and front/rear with a drawer lock router bit. I've
got a few questions I hope someone can help with!
But not a locking *miter*
1) There seem to be predominantly two styles of "drawer lock bits". CMT,
Rockler, Amana, Whiteside make one with this profile:
http://www.cheyennesales.com/catalog/cmtdlock.htm (See CMT model 855.502.11
or Whiteside #3347) and then there's this style:
epitomized by Whiteside's model #3352.
Near as I can tell - they're used in a similar fashion, the stock sizes
required are the same...
Question - why pick one style over the other? Is it more a matter of
2) Documentation is sparse, but Infinity and MLCS I think say the minimum
thickness for the front and rear stock is 3/4". I don't see *why*
couldn't be less? Why couldn't you raise/lower a bit like the Whiteside 3347
to take a smaller bit and use thinner (1/2") stock?
Is it because they're designed to be used with one setup cutting the fronts
and sides w/o repositioning the bit?
3) I think they've also said the side thickness can vary from 1/2" to 3/4".
But they don't mention if I have to reposition or realign the bit when using
thinner side material.
I'd like to use 1/2" Baltic Birch for the sides and 3/4" hardwood
for the front. ( I guess I could use 3/4" Baltic Birch for the back). Is
there a good reason to avoid this mixed thickness approach when using these
4) Finally - are these bits more along the lines of "fine if you're in a
production shop making dozens of drawers but more of a PITA if you're making
only six drawers"?
Looking for opinions on these things!