A Joint for Small Drawers

Precise setups make precise joints.

This joint, a “half-blind tongue and rabbet,” is made entirely on the tablesaw. In this video, we’ll walk you through the entire process and show you how to use common shop tools to make the very precise measurements necessary for creating a tight-fitting joint.


  1. You need to do some close-up shots to show the finer details you are talking about. The fixed, wide-shot camera position doesn’t do it!

    Steve, 2 years ago Reply

  2. at 11:35 you cut the piece off to measure for 3/8 ” accuracy. Is there any reason you just didn’t cut the piece off at the table saw and then adjust the height once that is the correct width?

    Charles May, 1 year ago Reply

    • Sure, using the tablesaw to cut off the piece would work. You gotta be careful cutting little piece so they don’t come flying back at you, however. That’s why I chose the simpler approach of cutting off the piece with a handsaw. —Tom Caspar

      jtoner, 1 year ago Reply

  3. I would like to thank you for your time & effort producing this video. Woodworking has always been the love of my life but being a high voltage wireman & building power plants out of Memphis TN. is what paid the bills. A couple of yrs. ago I experienced heart & lung problems & was forced to file for disability. Sometimes on my limited journey back to the wood work that I’ve loved for 40 yrs. these videos help jog my memory & sometimes show easier ways. It sure helps out when someone is kind enough to share their knowledge & time at no charge. Thank you & GOD bless.

    John Lee, 1 year ago Reply

  4. Great job on the video. It’s also good to see a fellow woodworker who not only loves what he does, but is also a great teacher. Keep them coming.

    Tony Jurao, 10 months ago Reply

  5. Great video, however, all this can be done with a router and it will be a lot easier. Doing this on the table saw is too much work.

    Darrell, 10 months ago Reply

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