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Unique (or Not) Gluing Up Request

Hello all,
I have a circumstance I'm not sure how to address. It's for gluing up a coffee table design that has a special construction. The table is essentially a sandwich of top and bottom levels with 2 sliding drawer enclosures. The top and bottom levels are all glued up and fine. Everything is made of red oak. The grain runs the length. In between are 2 drawer enclosures which house a sliding drawer. From each end, a drawer will be pulled outward. The front of the drawers will simply butt up against the enclosure. My concern is about attaching the enclosures to the top and bottom levels, with consideration to expansion and shrinkage. The enclosures are simple 3-sided boards the same thickness as the top and bottom levels and 4 inches tall. The grain of the outer sides runs the length. The grain of the backsides of the enclosures obviously runs perpendicular to the length of the table. I'm not sure if I should glue the enclosures to the top and bottom levels and leave the back side unglued, dowel all 3 sides into the top and bottom, or glue all 3 sides to the top and bottom. Tricky to me. I hope this is clear. Thanks in advance.
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That would work if the divider in the center you would run the grain vertical. I would rather have one of the center dividers crack from wood movement than the top.
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That would work if the divider in the center you would run the grain vertical. I would rather have one of the center dividers crack from wood movement than the top.
Got it. I guess I could glue up boards vertically to line up with the boards above and below. Thanks.
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