The two-door credenza John McAlevey designed doesn’t have dovetails on the corners. Instead, he used production-oriented dowels and plate joints to save time while maintaining the structural integrity of the piece. He used through mortises in the sides of the carcase and doweled the sides. Through mortises and wedged tenons anchor the bottom stretchers, and plate joints hold the bottom panels to the sides. Cabinetmaker’s buttons fasten the bottom panel to the stretchers. A detailed project plan clarifies the joinery, and side information covers laying out curves.

From Fine Woodworking #71