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Graceful undulations propel these docile creatures along ocean currents. North of Grand Cayman Island within the confines of a protective barrier reef, stingrays are habituated to humans and will interact peacefully, accepting fishy treats from divers. This box embodies a school of rays flying in serene slow motion through calm currents. LKV


Notch and Cut

This box has some open ends. In order to start the second cut in the right cutting plane, I cut a notch for the saw blade.

Make the Cut
Slide the saw blade in the notch sideways and away you go. This same proceedure will need to be done on the other side of this box.

Meet the Cut
When you get to a cutting junction, stop, shut off the saw and back out.

Sanding Inside
Lightly sand (unless you want sloppy-fitting drawers) the inside of the drawer cutouts. I won’t go into the ramifications of sloppy-fitting drawers.

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