Dovetails With Hidden Dadoes

Dovetails with hidden dadoes not only tie the case sides together but also offer a clean look.

be hidden by the true top, which goes on later The back boards, lapped in some way to allow for wood movement, will be screwed or nailed to the case.

Drawer dividers: three options

Once the case dovetails have been cut, fitted, and dry-clamped, it's time to work on the system of drawer dividers and supports. For function and appearance, the divider frames must stay flat. Again, secondary wood can be used for all but the front edges. Choose the inner secondaiy wood for stability. Avoid secondaiy wood that was significantly bowed in the rough, and make the front divider wide for extra stiffness. I make the fronts 3V2 in. to 4 in. wide, and the less-critical back dividers 21/2 in. to 3 in. The runners can be narrower, about 2 in., because they are held in dadoes. Leave the parts a bit thick to allow for leveling the frame after gluing.

Although there are other divider systems, typically I use one of the three systems shown at left. For all three types, I prefer to glue up the mortise-and-tenoned frame first and fit the unit to the case dadoes. But you also can fit and glue the pieces together in the case, using the dadoes to align the parts.

One last note: Glue up the case after the dadoes have been cut but before building and fitting the divider frames.

Stopped dadoes—This simple approach offers a streamlined look and straightforward joineiy. The main liability

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