Cut the front, back, and sides of the drawer to fit into the opening in the table. The back is narrower than the other pieces to allow the bottom to slide into place after the drawer is glued up. Cut the through dovetails joining the pieces (page 130), then cut the grooves for the bottom panel in the front and side pieces on your table saw. Position the fence so the groove will pass through the middle of the bottommost tails on the drawer sides and set the blade height to one-half the stock thickness. Use a push stick to feed the pieces face down across the saw table, while pressing the stock against the fence. Repeat on the remaining pieces, then move the fence away from the blade by the thickness of the kerf and repeat on all three boards (right). Test-fit your bottom panel—typically Winch plywood—in the grooves and widen them, if necessary.
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