The moment had arrived to test the skill that I designed a whole other project to practice. Dovetails!
I used the same technique as practied witht he box. There are already great step-by-steps covering how to make dovetail joinery, so I’ll skip the process here, and just show you my happy result.
I chose the staggered pattern to reduce the number of tail and pins I’d have to cut, while also increasing the visual interest compared to simply larger, even components.
A small detail I added was to offset the seams between the planks in the top and bottom, from the seams on the sides. I then arranged the tails and pins so that they hold the seams in the opposite board together. It may never make any difference, but why not reinforce a pontential weak point?
The four corners fit snugly. A test fit proved the case to be square. This was also the first time I got a live feeling for the size. It felt huge in my small shop. I think it will feel large compared to my current dresser, but once I can get more than one step away from it, it won’t feel overwhelming.