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#1 posted 09-28-2020 01:45 AM

I don’t intend on closing up the back, so I’m hoping the sliding dovetail can help with racking. The top is mitered dovetail and is decently strong.

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It really won’t help with racking any more than a dado would. It’s main function is to tie the two sides together. To prevent racking consider attaching a stretcher across the back, just under the top. It won’t show substantially, and will definitely inhibit racking.

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