I’m starting to build a 3-drawer dresser out of ash (I’ve finished gluing up the two side panels), and I have a question about assembling the carcase.
I’m not really following plans, but I’m basing it on an article in Fine Woodworking. You can see a picture at:
http://store.finewoodworking.com/building-furniture-017008.html (the large picture on the cover). I don’t know if the picture is large enough to see, but the two side panels are joined together by 4 stretchers, with half-blind dovetails on the top and sliding dovetails on the bottom. My question is about the pieces that run between the stretchers along the top (they run parallel to the side panels). How are these attached? Mortise and tenon into the two rails? rabbeted into the panels? both? Glue and brads (I hope not)? The article is about attaching the drawers with runners and doesn’t describe carcase assembly.
Thanks for any help or advice on this.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests