rookie wrecker working on my second piece. drafting plans for a small writing desk. standard 4 leg, m&t aprons and glued-up top design with the pencil drawer the full height of the apron. the plan is to have two stretches run from the front aprons to the rear for structural support and for the drawer guide. the question is: how best to attach the stretchers? some ideas:
1) sliding dovetails set back an inch or so from the apron edge. is a 7/8th inch apron deep enough for this? 2) through tennon? 3) shallow dado with a block glued and screwed to the inside corners?
or is this not really a structural concern?
thanks for helping me not ruin more wood than necessary.