Six ship-lapped slats of vertical grain cedar make up the dresser’s back (along with a fixed center support). These slats will be held in place with brass-plated screws placed to allow for lateral wood movement.
Ship laps were milled at the router table to fit the dry assembled dresser. Counter sunk pilot holes were drilled into the slats. I will wait to drill pilot holes in horizontal elements until after glue up in case there is some shifting or adjustments required.