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The first step in making a gap-free chessboard top is to glue together eight maple and walnut strips, alternating between the species.

The first step in making a gap-free chessboard top is to glue together eight maple and walnut strips, alternating between the species.

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Cut the drawer dados in the case sides prior to assembly. We used a router to make the dados and a store-bought guide that clamps across the plywood to guide the router. You could just as easily clamp a straight board to the side to serve as a guide. Use two passes on each dado to achieve the full depth. This puts less strain on the router and the bit.I make a leg template on thin plywood (right) and trace the pattern on two adjacent sides of the leg blank (left). I then band saw the piece to shape (center).