Step 6: Stock Preparation for the Aprons & Stretchers
The aprons and the stretchers are all 1 ¼” thick.
The aprons are 5” wide and the stretchers are 2” wide.
Select the most visually pleasing pieces of wood for the aprons.
Using the stock preparation process described in previous steps mill the rough sawn 1 ½” stock to 1 ¼” thick.
On the table saw, cut the aprons and stretchers to their respective widths. Rip them 1/16” oversize so you can joint or hand plane the cut edge to remove any saw marks.
Use a cross cut sled on the table saw to cut the side aprons and side stretchers to the exact same length. Use a stop guide to ensure they are all cut them to 19 1/8” long.
Use a cross cut sled on the table saw to cut the back apron and the front and back stretchers to the same length, 27 ¾”long.