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#1 posted 09-11-2019 02:06 PM

A few comments on construction:

You want a solid bottom to add structure. It is commonly is dovetailed to the sides. The top is applied rather than integral to allow for overhang. You can use a “sub-top” which consists of two rails front and back, also dt’d.

One of the biggest issues with case work is allowing for wood movement.

Dovetailed dividers are also pretty standard. They don’t have to extend more than a couple inches. Dado joints are not structural in a horizontal direction and you’ve got 100% endgrain gluing, too. The dividers have a be attached to allow the sides to move. Dowels would not allow for movement. You normally wouldn’t glue the dividers to the sides either, just in the middle. The can, however be toenailed into the dados.

Proportions are fairly important with any kind of casework. Length and width, descending drawer heights pleasing to the eye.

Here’s an excellent source you can download from FWW I used it to build the dresser in my icon:

Good Luck!!

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