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post #1 of 7 Old 08-14-2019, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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See the attached picture. I am in the process of making a desk with partitions loosely based on that picture but I am struggling to figure out how to joint the pieces. How are the vertical pieces secured? The pieces that form the top of the drawers? Also how is the top secured without making any holes in it?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-14-2019, 11:00 AM
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Normally those are built like a cabinet inside of a cabinet where you can put a couple of screws underneath the drawers to remove the entire section. I can't tell from the picture but a lot of times the lid supports go back in the cabinet and if the insert wasn't removable you would have a devil of a time trying to repair or replace the hardware.
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My guess is that the partitions are mortised into the top and bottom pieces, but that the mortises and tenons are stopped short of the edge so they can't be seen.
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I would assume several stopped housing joints are required,rather than mortise and tenons.As for hardware,I doubt there is any on the drawers beside the finger pulls/label recesses.Something of the age of that piece would have wooden drawer runners and kicker rails.
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Thanks for he replies. I had not thought of a stopped joint. Makes sense now.
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Normally those are built like a cabinet inside of a cabinet where you can put a couple of screws underneath the drawers to remove the entire section. I can't tell from the picture but a lot of times the lid supports go back in the cabinet and if the insert wasn't removable you would have a devil of a time trying to repair or replace the hardware.
Steve is right.

About three feet away from me is a small fold-down desk like the one pictured by @SierraHotel. The interior section of my desk was built separately as a freestanding piece with dividers, cubby holes, and small drawers. That freestanding interior section was inserted inside the rectangular outer cabinet later, at final assembly. The joinery is very poor on my desk; glued butt joints with glued support blocks in key places, probably using pin nails as clamps.

If I were building it, I would cut dados (grooves) or stopped dados (grooves that don't go all the way) for the dividers and drawer case tops to slide in. Pay attention to grain direction and the potential for wood movement. The dados for the drawer case tops must be shallow; the vertical panels between the drawers would have dados cut on both sides.
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The easiest would be just a dado and glue. That is what I would do.
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