Step 1: Materials
1" x 2" x 24" Red Oak Board (craft/hobby area) - $2.24
Knurled Screw - $0.92
Wood Insert Nut - $1.24
Junior Hacksaw Blades 5 pack - 2.88
1/4" Dowel rod (Optional if you have a Dowel plate)
small files (I just had a set of cheap ones I bought at a cheap local tool store, pretty junky but they work ok)
Combination square (or try square)
Spoke Shave (optional)
Crosscut saw or Dovetail saw
Flat head Screwdriver
metal cutting disk for Dremel
metal grinding cylinder for Dremel
Dowel Plate (Optional, if you don't have one just buy a 1/4" dowel)
Drill (or hand drill)
Drill Bits (1/4" and 3/16")
3/4" Auger bit (or paddle bit if you have a electric drill)
Step 2: Cutting the Backstop
Taking your Dovetail saw cut a 3" long section of the Red Oak off. Then take a Block plane and smooth off the cut lines carefully ( it's easy to tear out the corners).
Step 3: Chamfer the corners
Make a mark at 1" and 2" on the top then another mark at 1 1/2 " on both sides then connect the dots. This should be 1/2" down from the top edge. Cut it out with a Coping Saw then smooth it out with a spoke shave. This step isn't essential its just cosmetic but it does look nice.
Step 4: Cutting the Square Dowel
This step is optional if you decide to just buy a square dowel but it's really not too hard. The wood is already 3/4" thick you just need to make a cut at 8" length then cut the height down to 3/4". This will leave you with a 3/4" x 3/4" x 8" square dowel. The last photo has a 3/4" Auger bit and a 3/4" chisel for proportion and because they are needed next.