Importance of a Backer

 

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Sometimes we move a little fast in the shop and we forget the basics, such as using a backer to keep blow-out minimal. I did that on the first couple of pieces of drawer ends that I made for an upcoming article in 360 Woodworking.

After the trailing edge of those first two pieces blew out, I whipped up a shop-made backer that not only supported the rear edge of the drawer part to stop major destruction, it acted as the perfect push block, too. Win, win.

In the photo below, you can see the difference that a backer makes.

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— Glen D. Huey

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