The rear panels are free floating in the carcase to accommodate contraction and expansion. To that end, I glued cockbeading around the panel rebates to disguise any future shrinkage.
Final assembly of the carcase was somewhat akin to solving a Chinese wooden puzzle where some elements required sliding partially home to allow another part entry into its housing. With the glue providing lubrication and at the same time, swelling the wood’s fibres, two of the sliding dovetailed components required more than a little gentle persuasion to fully slide home.
I glued the mahogany lipping onto the fronts of the carcase members and planed them all flush.