Tools I used to create this:
1/2" parting tool
Round nose scraper
Step 1: Source the materials
Step 2: Square the ends
since I am working with small parts you notice I am not holding the wood by hand. This can be very dangerous so I want to exercise as much safety as possible while retaining accuracy.
Step 3: Drill the hole for the reciever
You will notice I am using a jig and a drill press. This hole must be perfectly centered. If it isn't you run the risk of an off center alignment, or splitting the wood when you mount the head.
To find the center I simply draw and X from one corner to the other and mark the center with an awl. Do this on both ends