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#1 posted 09-16-2018 06:03 PM

Typically done with a dovetail jig.

- TheFridge


What you’re describing is called a rabbeted half-blind dovetail. The process is to cut a rabbet on the side of each drawer front that’s 1/2” wide and slightly deeper than the depth of your dovetail. After that, the process is the same as any other half-blind dovetail but made slightly more challenging because you can’t get the saw to much of an angle.

Using a jig like the Leigh, it’s a piece of cake. I’ve done them several times.

Here’s my suggestion. It’s just a piece of shop furniture, not a museum piece. Do a false front. In other words, build your drawer box out of the 1/2” plywood to the correct dimensions to allow for your slides, then screw your 3/4” birch plywood, cut full width, to it.

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