In most projects, once the stock is milled I just do some quick dimensioning and I'm off to the races on the joinery. However, in this stepped front chest the sides need to be laid out and carefully cut. I had quite a few choices of tools and techniques for this project, and ultimately decided on the table saw. In fact, this is probably one of the few steps of this project you will see any real power tool action. Because of the "graduated" nature of the case, most of the joinery will actually be faster and easier to cut by hand. I have a feeling this project is going to be a great example of where hand tools may actually be faster than power tools for the majority of the joinery. Well here's episode two - I have to go start honing my chisels and sharpening my dovetail saw!
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