1. I have seen Paul make dovetail joints for rails in other projects. And at least the ones I remember involved fitting the rails into a housing dado behind the dovetail. But for this chest, he just relies on the dovetail, which is only 5/8 inch, to join the rail to the side. The rest of the rail is unsupported. I guess I assumed that the addition of the housing dado to the dovetail gave extra strength and have used it in a few projects. So is the dado really unnecessary? Is the 5/8 inch dovetail sufficient in most (all?) cases?

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