I cut the plywood backs to size, and checked the fit. Shiplap backs are nice when they are visible, however the strength of plywood is undeniable.
The plywood back fits into a rabbet in the rear leg.
The side panels feature floating panels. They are glued only at the center to allow some wood movement.
While gluing the side panels, I centered the wood panel for an even reveal on all sides.
I cut 1/4” deep dados into the 1/2” plywood back. These dados will locate the webbing frames between drawers. All of the dado locations are referenced off the top edge for consistency.
Test fitting the back panels. There is a rabbet at the top, and the rest are dados.
With the dry fit looking good, I went ahead and glued up the lower front arch on both dressers. I dry clamped the rear panel in place to keep the carcase square.
Progress was interupted while I made a frame for my wife, but that was a nice distraction…
Next up will be building the webbing supports.
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