It is now time to proceed with the making of the top and bottom frames of the chest. The top frame will sport a groove (or rabbet) that will make it possible to insert the chessboard so that it is slightly elevated above the frame, by about 1/4 in. At the same time, the rabbet will provide support below the chessboard.
As regards the bottom frame, I cut a 1/4 in dado in the middle of it to insert a board, such as masonite.
The steps are as follows:
- Joint and plane a 2 in. * 20 in. board.
- Resaw the board into four 13/16 in boards.
- Plane and/or sand all rough surfaces.
- Using a dado blade, cut a rabbet on the top frame parts. I cut a width of about 1/2 in. and adjust the depth of the cut to keep 3/8 in. of material at the base to support the chessboard.
- I then cut a 1/4 in. dado (1/2 in depth) in the middle of the bottom frame parts.
- I measure and cut the piece of 1/4 in. masonite that will fit into the bottom frame.
- Once I have tested the height at which the chessboard will protrude from the top frame, I round all outside edges of all parts for the top and bottom frame using the router.
- It is then time to proceed with the 45 degree cuts and adjustments on all frame parts.
- And now the gluing may begin.