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#1 posted 09-28-2020 02:41 AM

Yeah, I took the picture in a hurry and neglected to hold the panel in the right orientation—it ll be end-grain.

- MarkCh

You’re all set then. However, it is sometimes part of the design that requires that very cross-grain joint. You’d never orient the grain for a shelf from front to back because it would be weak. However, you will see some pieces like sideboards with the side grain running horizontally, and when you attach a shelf to it with grain running sideways, you will need to use the sliding dovetail and spot gluing I discussed above.

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