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When you write for a woodworking magazine, there are several pat phrases that you use all the time. Such as:

1. Joint and plane all your stock flat and square. Cut all the pieces to the sizes shown in the cutting list.

2. Cut the tenons to match your mortises. (Or your mortises to match your tenons.)

3. After applying clamps, check the assembly to ensure it is square.

4. Clamp the assembly until the glue is dry.

5. Sand or plane all the surfaces to prepare them for finish.

6. Finish the project with your favorite stain and film finish.

All of these steps are hugely important, yet we often dispense with them in a couple phrases. Today, let’s talk about square carcases.


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