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Rockler Drawer Lock Router Bit - 1" Dia x 1/2" H x 1/2" Shank

Rout strong, precise corner joints for drawer boxes with just one bit!
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Our Drawer Lock Bit routs a joint similar to a locking rabbet, but the rabbet is wedge-shaped so the parts fit tighter when clamped. A single bit routs both parts of the joint, and is capable of routing joints for drawers with applied drawer fronts, and for drawer boxes where the finished front is integrated. You can also create joints where the finished front overlaps the side, in order to hide metal drawer sides.

  • K10 and K20 grade carbide for clean cutting action.
  • Final sharpening with 600 - 800 grit diamond wheels.
  • Precision balanced for smooth operation.
  • Baked-on anti-stick coating to reduce pitch and resin buildup.
  • If you are not 100% satisfied with these bits, send them back for a refund.
    (1) Rockler Drawer Lock Router Bit
    More Information
    Brand Rockler
    Weight 0.1500
    Bit Type Drawer Lock
    Diameter 1"
    Cutter Height 1/2"
    Shank Size 1/2"
    Flutes 2
    4.1 / 5.0
    100 Reviews
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    Works great thank you
    June 10, 2020
    3 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Drawer router bit
    I have not used it yet, but I have a project on which I will use it.
    June 4, 2020
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    very good thank you
    March 30, 2020
    over 4 years ago
    Easy to use
    Worked great with 1/2" birch plywood. Some minor chipout when running vertically but minor.
    Draw Lock joint on 1/2" baltic birch plywood before glue up.
    Draw Lock joint on 1/2" baltic birch plywood before glue up.
    March 13, 2020
    7 months ago
    Use this one over the Freud.
    After buying the Freud, I watched a video using this product and was impressed. The smaller diameter means it is less likely to bite into the wood.
    February 15, 2020
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Drawer lock bit
    This is the simplest set up and make a perfect joint
    December 28, 2019
    7 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Easy and quick
    Works well regardless of the material. Hardwood to plywood it makes easy work.
    July 7, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Works great, easy set up
    June 30, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Excellent choice
    This is a great way to build a drawer. Not too difficult to get into correct position. After setting up it makes quick work of plywood or hardwood.
    June 16, 2019
    Woodworking Experience:
    Drawer lock bit
    Works great. Took a few attempts to set up, but once you learn how, it's easy to get set correctly.

    June 11, 2019
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    needed one
    AnthonyCairo C on Jul 7, 2020
    Looks like a good bit and friend of mine suggested that I go with these guys
    Randy B on May 20, 2020
    needed one
    AnthonyCairo C on Jul 7, 2020
    To build cabinet drawers
    TODD Snavely O on Jun 28, 2020
    Looks like a good bit and friend of mine suggested that I go with these guys
    Randy B on May 20, 2020
    Doing a project in my kitchen and I need to build new drawer boxes. This looks to allow me to construct quality boxes myself quickly.
    Raymond S on May 17, 2020
    This looks like a good way to get the bit set up without a lot of trial and error.
    Hans on Mar 30, 2020
    Want to make some drawers.
    Jason T on Mar 25, 2020
    rebuilding some old drawers and wanted to try this technique
    J L on Mar 19, 2020
    I like the interlocking corner and the visual appearance.
    Anthony B on Feb 21, 2020
    try a new method of making drawers
    Michael on Feb 20, 2020
    very good reviews
    Thomas M on Feb 13, 2020
    To make better drawer boxes.
    Philip T on Jan 24, 2020
    I don’t have a dovetail jig for making my new drawers, so this bit is just what I need.
    Joe Ward T on Jan 23, 2020
    Saw a demo video, thought I would give it a try.
    Paul Spear M on Jan 19, 2020
    To make my own drawer boxes
    David F on Jan 14, 2020
    Murphy bed plan recommendation
    Charles C on Dec 17, 2019
    need to make about 20 drawers and want to try an easier way than screws
    jose l on Dec 15, 2019
    I wanted a better way to put drawers together
    Randy S on Dec 12, 2019
    Rebecca K on Dec 9, 2019
    another option for drawer joinery
    J C on Nov 7, 2019
    Good addition to my inventory of bits
    Stephan G on Aug 29, 2019
    Building 12 drawers so...
    Thomas R B on Aug 23, 2019
    Quick way to put together sturdy and square drawers
    Barry C on Aug 19, 2019
    I wanted to try a different drawer construction method
    Scot F on Jul 6, 2019
    It’s rockler
    Pat C on Mar 29, 2019
    Hope to make better drawers in less time
    William H on Mar 15, 2019
    use to build the tool chest featured in current email.
    Walter V on Mar 3, 2019
    Make drawers fast and easier
    Jason P on Feb 19, 2019
    Watched demonstration video, appears to make quick and strong drawer corners.
    Bruce H on Feb 8, 2019
    Quality of the product that I read on the internet, and the bit I bought is exactly what I needed for my woogworking project.
    Julius W on Feb 2, 2019
    Preston on Feb 2, 2019
    new work
    DAVID M on Feb 1, 2019
    I seem to be making a lot of storage drawers lately. This looks like a good addition.
    coachraoul on Jan 29, 2019
    Next project has many drawers to build
    Gerald S on Jan 27, 2019
    I also wanted the white plastic item that lets me set up the bit. Thanks
    Jack B on Jan 19, 2019
    Lots of drawers to build in the next little while.
    Gerald H on Dec 29, 2018
    Making custom drawers in shop
    Jim Silva on Dec 27, 2018
    plan to make drawers as shown by downtoearthwoodworks.
    Mary S on Dec 26, 2018
    Christmas present for my husband.
    Robert F on Dec 11, 2018
    exactly what I need for the drawers/vanity I'm building
    Margaret T on Nov 22, 2018
    Planning to build drawers on future projects.
    Guest on Nov 14, 2018
    Making drawers for closet shelves
    Todd Dietrich D on Sep 12, 2018
    Looks like a strong joint.
    Ron F on Sep 7, 2018
    wanted to try this out instead of dovetails
    George on Aug 5, 2018
    Recommend by friend
    Jerry S on Jul 4, 2018
    building draws
    dale t on Jun 17, 2018
    Just love the Idea.I normally use screws to hold my boxes together.
    Joseph H on Jun 12, 2018
    making a lot of drawers
    Charles K on Apr 20, 2018
    To make drawers
    Ronald K on Mar 23, 2018
    Making drawers for the first time and wanted to try this bit.
    Michael G on Mar 18, 2018
    To make drawers
    Bruce W on Mar 17, 2018
    To build cabinet drawers
    TODD Snavely O on Jun 28, 2020
    Doing a project in my kitchen and I need to build new drawer boxes. This looks to allow me to construct quality boxes myself quickly.
    Raymond S on May 17, 2020
    the 22637 bit is great for 3/4" material however, I believe there is a smaller bit, with a 1/4" shank that better accommodates 1/2" material? Advise please.
    dennis w on May 20, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I have used this bit on both 3/4 and 1/2 boards plywood and solid wood and had very good results joints fit well just make scrap runs to get ajustments right
    Does this bit work with 1/2" sides and front?
    jasper on Aug 4, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. I may not be using it exactly as the instructions say but if your stock is 1/2" thick you can set the bit with the following on a router table: Table to top of bit:3/8" Fence to the edge of bit (depth of cut): 5/16" If you run the face horizontally and the sides vertically you should be all set.

    Hope that helps.
    dewhit77 on Mar 7, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: 3/8” will not work. I recommend 1/2” minimum stock or you will have no lip on the front/back workpiece.
    Can I use this with 5/8" stock?
    Tom Zarnoth on Oct 26, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Sure, just don't go below the depth of the cutter on 1 pass.
    Does 22637 come in a 1/4 inch shank?
    glinda c on Oct 9, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I believe it only comes in 1\2 inch shank. It works really well in a router table and cuts in one pass. I believe the 1/2 inch shank provides the best format for this bit.
    Can this be used with ¾" sides?
    Patrick T on Oct 18, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: yes and they also sell a great set up block for 3/4 also
    Do the bits come with a setup guage? Or are they purchased separately?
    Julius W on Feb 3, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: No you have to purchase that separate.
    Can this router bit be used on 1/2 in stock ?
    Charles M on Nov 2, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: That is what it is specifically designed for.
    Do you supply a set up block?
    John C on Oct 17, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: A set up block is available as a separate purchase of $7.99
    Is there a set up block for this bit?
    David L on Jun 16, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: As I recall, there is a small nylon block piece that I use to gauge the depth. It is sold as an accessory. The whole thing works really well!
    How do you stop the tear out on the vertical side pieces?
    David R on Jul 12, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: thanks. My problem was bit speed. I had the speed on my router turned to the lowest setting. I increased it to med-high and the tear out is gone.
    I am using 3/4 inch fronts/backs and 1/2 inch sides--How do I set the bit? I do have your guage
    Gerald C on Oct 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes we do have a set up block for this. Item #53810
    And here is a link to the instructions that we have online.
    I'm using 3/4" stock and haven't been able to dial in the perfect setting. The instruction sheet I downloaded from Rockler described the setup for 3/4" fronts and 1/2" sides. All of my material is 3/4". I purchased the jig that goes with it and am using it for test cuts but none of them are perfect either. The joint is just too loose. How do I tighten the joint?
    kim m on Apr 14, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: Try using a rabbit bit (or a dado blade). Easier to "dial" in the accuracy you want.
    can this bit be used when the drawer front/back are 3/4" and the sides are 1/2" ?
    Frederick Y on Feb 8, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: This is a lock miter bit. It is mostly used when creating drawers, but it can also be used for other joinery. I use it when I want a strong corner on a box, or small drawer. Lots of glue surface and keeps things lines up 90 degrees.
    Can you join 3/4” sides and backs and fronts with the bit or do they have to be 1/2” sides?
    Justin B on Nov 23, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: You can join 3/4 sides. This doesnt come with directions and set up is tricky. YouTube has some good set up options
    How can this be s strong joint? It is over 90% end joint!
    Dale H on Oct 7, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I have used this bit to make some small trays for a person to drop their wallet and keys into it when coming home. I have tried the true 45 degree miter joints, but they always do not come out accurately. However with this locking miter bit, the corners are all accurate and clean. Sanding them down to a fine smooth feel adds to the appeal. It is a strong connection and lots of glue surface to keep things together, and no more miters that wobble while assembling.
    How large of an overlap can you put on the drawer front?
    Dennis S on Sep 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I have only used this bit for the rear of the drawer.
    Will this produce strong enough drawers for a chest of drawers?
    db123 on Sep 10, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: It works very well and is easy to set up and operate, I would recommend this bit to anyone making drawers for a project.
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