How to make dovetailed dividers with a built-in bead
Will Neptune shows how to add dovetails to keep dividers square when the case has inset drawers with cock beading
Synopsis: In a companion master class to his article on dovetailed dividers, Will Neptune shows how to add dovetails to keep dividers square when the case has inset drawers with cock beading. The key is to cut a rabbet into the case that lets you fit loose mitered cock beading to the case sides without having to fuss with the integral beading on the dividers and the case top and bottom.
My article in this issue, “Strong and Stylish Dovetailed Dividers” (pp. 66–73), covers three types of dovetails you can add to the ends of case dividers to keep drawer openings square, and all three options have something crucial in common: The dividers’ front edges are flush to the case. But the same techniques are just as viable if you want to add some cockbeading—the small, half-round bead proud of the case’s surface that frames and highlights an inset drawer.…