First things first we have to gather our materials. I used a band saw to cut my wood only because my parents won't let me use a table saw by myself...it may be dangerous! Anyways you can use a table saw if you like, actually I would recommend it because you get a straighter cut than with a band saw and it is also quicker.
Rags or brush for staining
Exact-o knife/Drywall knife
Scrap piece of plywood 1/2in or thicker
50 grit sand paper
150 grit or more sand paper