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Will appreciate opinions from the joinery specialists....
I'm building a French cabinet, 40" wide and 8' tall. The bottom sides will be raised panels 16" x 3' tall and will provide part of the strength in the casework. I won't be using face frames, so the base will be supported by these side panels, a top and bottom frame and a fixed center shelf.
So this is my question, will cope & stick be good enough, or should I rather go with traditional mortise and tenon for the raised side panels?