To prevent the simple structure falling apart, the shelves are dovetailed into the sides and likewise, the drawer divider is dovetailed into the lower shelf and the base board.
With the stock all prepared, I sawed the stopped, tapered dovetail housings and carefully removed the waste.
Next I laid out the ‘Chinese fence’ and scroll patterns on both of the sides. I would normally saw this sort of work using a fretsaw and a conventional horizontal V-table mounted in the vice, but because the shelf sides are so long and ungainly, I simply cramped them vertically in the vice and cut out the patterns with a coping saw.
The rain and high winds eased today, so I glued the shelves and sides together and left them aside to dry while I got on with making the two drawers.