Once the 8/4 thick stock was selected, we cut a piece off each about 6" wide and 15" long. One face and one edge were jointed on each to give a 90* angle to work from.
They were then planed smooth. They were fed alternately through the planer until both were smooth. By doing this, both pieces ended up the same thickness.
The wood was then taken to the table saw and one piece was ripped to 1/2", 1", 1-1/2" and 2". The 2" piece was cut last; otherwise the last cut would have been made from very narrow stock.
The pieces were then layed out in the alternating pattern shown in picture 22.
I did not take pictures until after this was glued up but you will see the glueing / clamping process in the next post, when we cross-cut the glued-up board to make the checkerboard pattern.
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