Lay four bar clamps on a work surface and set one of the side rails on top. Spread glue on the contacting edges of the outside strips you cut in step 1 and the rails, and press the strips in place. The rail should extend beyond the end of the strips by about Vs inch—the width of the saw cuts made in step 1. (The rails will be trimmed later.) Protecting the stock with wood pads, tighten the clamps until a thin glue bead squeezes out of the joints (above). Immediately position the drop-leaf support between the strips to ensure that it butts against the strips; slide the strips along the rail, if necessary. Repeat with the other side rail, then trim the ends of both rails flush.
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