To bring the top edge of the rails flush with the top end of the legs, you will have to notch the bottom edge of the recessed section of the rails (see the anatomy on page 58). Fit the rail upside down in the leg mortise and draw a pencil along the top of the leg to mark a cutting line across the rail. Cut the notch on your band saw, starting with straight cuts along the shoulders of the recess to the marked line. Remove the remaining waste by making a curved cut from the edge to one shoulder (above), then rotate the board 180° and saw along the cutting line. Once the notches in both rails are ready, saw the rails to shape as you did the feet (page 61) and sand the surfaces smooth.
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