Preparing the handle rails

Start by preparing the handle rails for the top end rails and the handle. For the end rails, cut a ^-inch-deep, lVi-inch-wide dado across the inside face of each handle rail. For the handle, drill a 1-inch-diameter hole as deep as one-half the stock thickness. Next, outline the curve at the front end of the rail and cut it on your band saw (left). Use the rail to outline the curve on the second piece and repeat the cut. Smooth the cut surface with sandpaper or a spindle sander, then round over the outside edges with a router.

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