Bookshelf construction.

Beginner woodworking 'student' :) I'm building a handing bookshelf (imagine kitchen wall cabinet).
Question regarding the bottom horizontal piece of wood (that books rest on) and how it attaches to the vertical sides of the shelf:
1) I was going to put a dadoe in the verticals and rabbet the horizontal but go to thinking that dowel or even biscuits might be more solid. The obvious answer is that if I use a dadoe'ed vertical piece, it has to be thicker than if I used dowels. Am I on the right track?
Any suggestions welcome... including how to secure the "nailer" (the piece I'm going to nail to the wall studs) to the frame of the box.
-Ed (aunst8 snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com)
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Got a router table? If so, sliding dovetails would be my choice.
To hang to the wall, consider French cleat. Both are sturdy joints even on 1/2 -3/8 stock.
I could try to describe both the joints and the methods, but they're in a lot of books - with pictures - so hit the library.

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