I love it when I get to this stage. The panels are now literally coming together into a cradle. Dovetail joinery is a great way to do this:
The photo above illustrates why it is wise to wait to get to this stage before making the final cuts on the head board and the foot board. Simply put, the joinery will determine exactly where the boards will join. Now it will be simpler to mark, and then cut accurately.
The reason I love having the 24-inch D4R dovetail jig — huge capacity:
I will document the complete build of the cradle in a future article.
— Al Navas