that explanation left me scratchin' my head also
So I made what I thought would do the trick using 1/4" wide x 3/8" deep dados in some 1" X 21/2" X 40" Oak.
Kinda like bread board ends just to keep the panels flat and flush together when the clamp(s) are applied. They also have to be clamped onto the panels. It was like a Chinese firedrill by a 1 legged wall paper hanger getting the whole thing together, but through a series of wrongs I got it right. It's Spalted Maple for a chisel storage/display box:
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