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Step 1:
If you have a thickness planer, start by gluing up a 12-1/2" wide by 42" long piece of stock for the box sides (A) and base sides (N). The extra width and length will give you enough stock to allow for your saw kerfs and for squaring-up your planed stock. Once the glue has dried, use a hand scraper or bench chisel to carefully remove any glue squeeze-out before planing the stock to its desired 1/2" thickness. Next, rip your stock to the final 12" width, then crosscut the pieces (A & N) to 12-3/16" and 6-1/16" (1/16" longer than their indicated finished lengths).

If you don't have a thickness planer, start by resawing your narrow pieces of stock to 9/16" thick. If you have a jointer, rip them to a dimension that's narrower than your jointer blades are wide, then make two 1/64" passes across each face, bringing the individual pieces to the desired 1/2" thickness. Next, rip the edges of your stock parallel, joint them on your jointer and glue them up to the 42" x 12-1/2" size, as described above. Use a belt sander to carefully sand off any imperfections where the boards are joined. Next, rip your stock to the final 12" width, then crosscut the pieces (A & N) to 12-3/16" and 6-1/16" (1/16" longer than their indicated finished lengths).

Follow the same procedures outlined above to prepare the remaining pieces of thinned-down hardwood and poplar for the project, bringing each to the desired thickness.

 

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