I have a question about the end bars (the parts that connect the top and bottom bars) of a frame. This may sound simple or silly, but I just don't know! According to the "Dadant Frame Construction" plans that are at beesource.com the top of the end bar is 3/8" thick x 1 3/8" wide. As you look down the end bar (facing the 1 3/8" side), there are curved cuts on the right and left side of the end bar that narrow the balance of the length of the side bar to 1 1/8" wide.
Now here's my question. Do these curved "narrowing cuts" HAVE to be curved? Or, can I make the cuts on 45 degree angles between the 1 3/8" and the 1 1/8" widths? Or better still, can I cut 90 degree angles from the 1 3/8" width over to the 1 1/8" width and then turn the cuts another 90 degrees downward (kind of a down, over, down "dog leg" cut) for the balance of the 1 1/8" width? Or even better still, does it really mater how it is done?
Like I said, it may sound a little silly, but I know that everything I have read says that everything has to be so precise when building your own woodenware, and I don't want to make a mess!!
Thanks in advance for your help.