1. Why was the top of the drawer recess only joined with a housing dado? In other projects, I’ve seen it dadoed AND joined with mortise and tenons. Also, I was surprised the housing dado was a 1/4 inch in depth. This doesn’t seem deep enough.

    1. I asked Paul and his reply is below:
      It was the choice I made. (Dadoed and mortise and tenon) are not necessary, dove tails hold it together. A dodo and mortise and tenon are not the normal- just something I like.

  2. Just wanted to add one caveat to the process shown of measuring diagonals to assure squareness.
    Although having equal length diagonals is necessary for a carcase to be square it, by itself, is not enough.
    To fully guarantee squareness one must also measure and make sure that both opposite sides are of equal length.
    If, for example, one of the sides was shorter than it’s opposite (making the whole carcase in effect an isosceles trapezoid) the diagonals would measure equal but the case wouldn’t in fact be square.
    Obviously Paul is working accurately as always, and I’m confident that the opposite sides in this case are in fact equal.
    For those of us that are newer at this, and maybe not always as accurate as we strive to be, it’s another check to make sure that when the carcase is glued up we haven’t actually caused the case – and the drawer opening in this example – to be out of square by only verifying that one diagonal measurement.

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