How To Build Simple Drawers // Woodworking // Kerfmaker

How To Build Simple Drawers // Woodworking // Kerfmaker

Last week I showed how I made a Kerfmaker jig. I made it to help me build some drawers, so in this video I’ll show how I use it to make those drawers.

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  1. Robert Mosier on May 29, 2022 at 7:59 pm


  2. Zach Eiriksson on May 29, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    You remind me of the fresh prince with his lucky drawers lol. Just about the same pronunciation lol

  3. Guitar Rens on May 29, 2022 at 8:01 pm


  4. Rex Seven on May 29, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I see you have the Ryobi 18ga brad nailer on the wall behind you..that you grabbed to use right as I posted this… I’m thinking of buying one. Any thoughts on the tool?

  5. xavierthetexan on May 29, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I love the way she pronounces drawer. Very sexy, even though I’m sure she wasn’t trying to be.

  6. John Hughes on May 29, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    You make a very simple build extremely difficult.
    Maybe learning to pronounce english words would help .!!

  7. Hein Hanekom on May 29, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Tamar. I recently started woodworking and LOVE your videos and builds. I’ve watched pretty much all of them in the last month. Thanks so much for all the effort you put into making them. It’s really fun and inspiring to watch. I was just wondering if there is a reason why, at around 5:45 into the video cutting the 3 pieces together, you rolled out the blade only after starting the saw, or did you just forget. πŸ™‚ Wondering if there is a benefit to doing it that way. Thnx again. Regards from South Africa

  8. Fred Astaire on May 29, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve watched this video multiple times already simply to hear Tamar say, "Draws" over and over again.

    I love it…and I love her!! 😍

  9. debeeriz on May 29, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    l have a bedside table with drawers made like that and its a pia the bottom drops at the back and small items fall through it i would cut a dado on all 4 sides so the bottom is fully supported

  10. Phil Hooper on May 29, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    How do you determine drawer dimensions to fit an empty drawer space? Any shortcuts?

  11. 4RAYS TECH on May 29, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    You make a great use of small helpers/rulers/gap assists, that you have made by yourself using scrap wood. It will be great if you can do an episode on how to build most helper tools that a starter won’t have to buy from the market and yet it gives great value in terms of alignment and scaling of objects while cutting and building. Oh and super video πŸ‘ŒπŸ™‚

  12. NMranchhand on May 29, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I thought I had left the playback at 2X speed after a Ron Fox router video. Imagine my surprise to find that I have to slow you down like a subtitled foreign film.
    Seriously though:
    1: Your gap maker is really inventive, and smart looking as well
    2. I’m really interested in all that went into your pronunciation of β€œthat word”. Location you were raised, parents place of birth. I love language and I’ve never heard it exactly that was before, even in New York, and New England., especially with someone so lightly accented otherwise.

  13. TheBenjammin5150 on May 29, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    It’s so adorable when women try to do man stuff like woodworking or playing music. We need to draw the line at driving though, leave that to the men.

  14. Scott Gloster on May 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm


  15. K. Jones on May 29, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    The attention to detail is impressive, but for me, the work is overkill. These drawers will survive a tornado and an earthquake. I guarantee it. I make drawers in a similar manner but without the table saw, the dados and the rabbits. I use 1/2-inch plywood. I prefer lighter drawers and as much interior space as I can get. My method does require near perfect cuts, and I created a jig for that. I stopped using glue long ago. I found it’s just not necessary if you countersink screws. I do appreciate skill and tenacity, which this builder has aplenty, in spite of her aversion to math, which is one more thing I share with her.

  16. Bob Nicholas on May 29, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I was so wrapped up in how well you detailed this process I didn’t catch the accent. The black corner squares are an epiphany to me!! I do elaborate frames and I like them very much. Thks as always.

  17. Geo on May 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Someone bugging you about # of times you said drawer, Soooo 🀑🀑🀑
    I just wanted to hear how many times you would pull the brad nail trigger before you realized there was no juice 😜😜

  18. Anthony Audain on May 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Awesome πŸ‘ŒπŸ†’οΈπŸ™Œ

  19. Dancing Rick on May 29, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Nice job. Glad to see a talented woman in a mostly man world.

  20. Carl Cox on May 29, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Any reason you prefer to do your drawers this way vs quarter, quarter, quarter or half half half? I learned the method that stumpy nubs shows and I like the way the back panel lines up with the ends of the side panels when you cut the rabbit on both sides of the back panel better. Plus it’s nice to be able to just set my table saw to one setting and do all the dados and rabbits without having to move anything

  21. Bill Parrish on May 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Well, I for one love the way you say ‘drawer’! I love even more your attitude about it in your responses in the comment section, friendly and down to earth, not taking offense as so many today often do, about everything. I am also a fan of your design choices in all your projects. Take these drawers, for example — perfectly suited to the application for which you were making them. Not tacked together with brad nails, glue and butt joints like a quick shop drawer, and not the other end of the complexity scale with fine joinery like dovetails, or even an interlocking rabbet joint. Solid bi-directional glue surfaces in the rabbeted corners, reinforced with screws, give all the strength you’ll need. Even down to the floating bottom with an exposure in the back to remove it in case it ever needs repair. I used to think people used floating bottoms out of some snobbish loyalty to woodworking tradition, going back to the days when a glued-up solid wood panel could swell with humidity and blow out the corners, a problem that’ll never happen with a stable plywood bottom. I stopped all such scoffing the first time I had to cut a glued and brad-nailed bottom off a drawer for a repair, using a junk blade and dressing up the cut with sandpaper, to avoid risking the carbide teeth on my nicer blade. I still make the glued, nailed, butt-jointed variety, but mostly for the shop or other applications where they’re quick and dirty, and probably assembled from available scrap, and replaced by same. Anyway, enjoyed the video…. ‘draws’ and all! πŸ™‚

  22. Serggiom23 on May 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    How professional wood worker..great video, no music, no personal stories, safety first all the time, easy to understand and no female hidden suggestions. Pure professional wood working.

  23. Josephe Cabrini on May 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Why not using a Router?

  24. Steve's Strings on May 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I would love to see you make am acoustic guitar made with a faceted (box) body!

  25. R R on May 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    That kerf jig is the bomb! Making me one!

  26. Brian Belliveau on May 29, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Nicely done I like your videos

  27. АлСксандр Π§ΡƒΠΌΠ°ΠΊ on May 29, 2022 at 8:27 pm


  28. Ranafly on May 29, 2022 at 8:28 pm


  29. Martin Schulman on May 29, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Interesting video. I could not figure out if she normally speaks so fast or was the oral part of the presentation speeded up. Slow down honey.

  30. Alan Job on May 29, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Every time she says draw ❀ πŸ’™ πŸ’œ

  31. ROGER BROWN on May 29, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    My compliments, again. Clear, concise and clever – as always. And no dado stack needed. Check out the 1/4 – 1/4 – 1/4 method at

  32. Kyle Veatch on May 29, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I’m pretty sure the only reason she made this video was to see how many times she can say "drawer" on camera

  33. Fryncyar Yorvjink on May 29, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I’m just making some drawers for myself, if i cut corners by not cutting grooves or the edge laps(?), will the drawers really be that much weaker? What if i reinforce the corners with trianglular strips of wood?

  34. The Whiskey Sgt. on May 29, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    What her say?

  35. Fred on May 29, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    HOT DOG!!!! Learning to make DRAWS!!! πŸ˜ƒ Keep up the good work. i’d still like to commission you to make a table saw sled for me. Or some kind of finger joint jig for building honey bee boxes.

  36. George Grigorian on May 29, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you!

  37. David Giesfeldt on May 29, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Love the tool! Used a 1/4” offset / step dado to lock in the front. Adds more glue surface and removes the need for fasteners. Keep up the amazing work!

  38. LordPadriac on May 29, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    It’s weird that that Southie accent only really becomes pronounced when she says drawer.

  39. Edin Rakovic on May 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    or instead doing a bunch of math, use metric and do just a little bit of math

  40. Alex M on May 29, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I am always amazed by the quality of your job! Congrats.

  41. Meir Zibran on May 29, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Ok, my pandemic projects πŸ‘

  42. SomeDumUsrName on May 29, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    All this talk about draws in confusing. πŸ˜‰

  43. Amethyst19 on May 29, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    About to make my first drawers… wondering why the back is dadoed rather than rabetted… Why the extra room behind it?

  44. Marco A. Casco on May 29, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I turned on captions and sometimes when you said draws, they put drugs.!!!!!!!

  45. Mark LaPlante on May 29, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    lol..only watch this to listen to her pronunciation of drawer…

  46. Robin Smith on May 29, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    The Kerfmaker is cool. Thumbs up!

    To avoid reinforcing the front, flip the front rabbet and add a grove along the sides for it to fit into.
    Avoid gluing the bottom and instead, screw it to the back with two screws.
    Very cool.
    Yes, this is from 2018 but the content is relevant. Did the draws last?

  47. Rodrigo Salino on May 29, 2022 at 8:56 pm


  48. Sure Even Not on May 29, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    One thing I must say – this is panzer (tank) drawer πŸ™‚

  49. Steve Sullivan on May 29, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    You shouldn’t glue the bottom of the drawer. You need to allow for expanding and contracting..

  50. Luciano De Donato on May 29, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Commosso πŸ™‚