There is actually quite a bit of preparation that needs to be completed before the drawers can be dovetailed..The drawers for this piece features lipped thumbnail profiled drawer fronts..
After the drawer fronts are finial milled and cut to proper size, the thumbnail profile on the drawer fronts need to be milled on the fronts of the drawer.. We perform this task on the router table using a 1/4" radius round over bit.
Drawer front with thumbnail profile..
Next a rabbet (rebate) needs to milled along the back of the drawer fronts, the 1/4" x 1/4" rabbet is cut on the top and each side of the drawer front. The rabbet is cut on the table saw using a dado stack, here we are milling the rabbets on the sides of the drawers
After the lip is milled on the back of the drawer fronts, we next need to mill the 1/4" x 3/8" dado that will house the drawer bottom.