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•Groove the fronts and sides. There are several approaches when it comes to cutting grooves, but cutting stopped grooves, such as in the drawer fronts, can be tricky. A safe method is to rout the stopped grooves using an edge guide in your router. (Sec bottom right photo.) •Assemble the drawers. Working on one drawer at a time, start by joining the sides to the front. Brush glue on the leading half of the tail and into the leading half of the socket. As you slide the tail into the socket, the glue will automatically spread to the rest of the joint. Then apply glue to the half dovetails and secure the joints by driving finish nails through the back and into the sides. Finally, slide the bottom in place, check the assembly for square, and secure the bottom to the back with box nails every 5 in. or so. A

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