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#1 posted 09-11-2019 07:14 PM

One tip for gluing up large end grain runs: run a bead of glue on your edge and smooth it out so most of it comes away, wait a minute or so, perhaps, this will seal the grain somewhat. Then reglue the edge with a fair amount of glue and assemble.

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Good tip, but you wouldn’t want to do this on the dividers.

@Thorbjorn88 – yes, a secondary wood is usually used for the internal components that will not show, for example the sides and rear rails of the drawer dividers, all but the front 3” of the bottom and sub top. Usually a softer wood like poplar or pine, but alder will work, too.

The dovetailed front divider rails do not particularly draw the eye, and if anyone does notice, hey, its a point of craftsmanship! That said, they really are necessary from a structural point. Most dressers that are simply dado’d will eventually separate, even just from sitting there, but especially when moved. If you’re set on doing dados you’ll have to figure a way to anchor the front points so a gap doesn’t appear. As I mentioned, toe nails will allow for motion along the length of the divider, but wouldn’t hold the front tight enough.

30” tall is quite low for a dresser, is this for a child? Understanding that furniture is often constrained by a particular room, but you might want to reconsider increasing the height to say, 45”. Similar to what Bandit is showing.

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