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#1 posted 01-19-2018 02:14 PM

I’m assuming you will build the two ends (two vertical legs, top and bottom stretcher, and X brace) as complete units and then join everything including shelves and long stretchers during the last steps. As you assemble the ends, the X brace will fit snugly into each corner, and when in place, will stiffen up the whole unit with only glue. However, splines, biscuits, or dowels will help keep everything in alignment during clamp up and offer some strength; less so for the biscuits. Be sure to do dry fits. With the X brace, you will not be able to adjust for squareness as you are gluing and clamping. Having said that, you should actually glue the center of your X first and make sure it is totally square first. It will control the squareness of the end units.

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