Nest-fix: CNC Hardware for Nesting

Hidden hardware for nesting CNCs

• Easy to fit • No need for edge drilling • Flush to panel surface

The Problem

Joint assembly of 2 panels in a modern knock down cabinet should be:

  • Strong
  • Quick to set up with standard tools
  • Easy to mount and dismount without damage
  • As invisible and discrete as possible
  • Sit flush to the panel face for easy flat packing
  • And not interfere with other hardware and design features

2 Types of CNC Manufacturing

Traditional point to point

  • Accommodates traditional hardware and edge drilling
  • Mini-fix and dowel common and efficient method
  • Parts are pre-cut and machined one at a time on the CNC
  • Great for high volumes of identical parts minimising set up time
  • Additional first stage required cutting panels on a saw
  • Labour intensive; continuous attention required


  • Complete sheet placed on vacuum table
  • Parts cut and machined in same operation
  • Faster and more efficient small to medium production
  • No need to cut parts from the sheet material with a saw
  • Once running, the operator is free to work elsewhere
  • Machining on the panel face only, no edge drilling

So...with nesting you cannot use Mini-fix cams as normal because you cannot edge drill

Current nesting hardware solutions are limited - although they do not require edge drilling, they are:

  • Highly visible on the panel face
  • Never flush so they impede other hardware/design elements
  • Require special tools for assembly
  • Cannot be dismounted and re-assembled

The Solution...Nest-fix

All current nesting hardware limitations are addressed allowing the use of a traditional Mini-fix embedded in the panel

  • Fully machined with a 3 axis nesting CNC without the need for edge drilling
  • Very strong and easy to apply
  • No special tools required, only a hammer and screwdriver
  • Flush to the panel surface and nearly invisible
  • Assemble and dis-assemble multiple times without compromising the strength of the joint

How to use

3 axis CNC machining

Using Polyboard or a similar design software the hardware machining patterns are placed along the edges of the cabinet parts.

The individual parts are nested onto the sheet materials using OptiNest or a similar nesting program and the nesting map is loaded into a CAM software like VCarve to produce the machine files.

In the CAM software tool path organisation the nest-fix "T" slots are cut before the part outlines so that maximum vacuum hold down is maintained.

Nest-fix machining in Polyboard