Sawing dadoes in the lower back rail

To prepare the rail for the slats, you will need to cut 2-inch-wide, '/ยป-inch-deep dadoes in the stock. First, fit your table saw with a dado head and adjust it to maximum width, then attach an extension board to the miter gauge. Check the cutting height by making a test cut on scrap stock and adjust the blades until the cut is the same depth as the thickness of your slats. Mark the dado outlines on the leading edge of the workpiece, beginning 8V2 inches from each end and spacing the dadoes lVs inch apart. For each dado, saw the outside edges, then cut away the waste in the center (left). (Caution: Blade guard removed for clarity.)

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