Marc recommends a hard species of wood for the parallel guide. A hard maple board would have been nice but i don’t have any. I do have several pieces of jatoba that I bought from a dude with a trailer of cut offs at a local WW show. I thought about cherry but it is about the same hardness as soft maple on the Janka scale. Plus, the jatoba matches american cherry quite nicely.
Here is a piece that is damn near the final dimension. But this stuff is HARD.
I took it down with the scrub. With this wood I took baby bites.
Then I tried to take down the high spots with the Jack. I don’t have pic but my winding sticks demonstrated twist. I finally got it flat. I struggled here.
I further flattened with the jointer but re-introduced some twist. Once I got thought that out I gave up on removing a 1/4” for final thickness. So, off to the bandsaw. FYI, the woodslicer blades for Highland Woodworking are quite impressive.
Then flattened with the jointer
After cutting to final dimension, I cut the tenon at the table saw making sure to leave it fat. That will trimmed with a block at the time of fitting it in the tenon.
The resaw cut-off made a nice template for the holes. Then it was time to make a toast to my LJ buddies.
-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty