Step 2: Check material/ start marking pattern
I lightly sanded the inside of each board ( I want the wood to remain slightly rough to help bond when glue is applied) and checked the boards for cracks. Good thing to do, since i did find one of the pieces was cracked at the end. I cut it twice to get past the crack. The angle you see cut on the left board was cut to accommodate the end of the knife handle. A different angle is marked on the right board to alter the grain direction (more later). You also see the pattern of the blade traced on the left board that was done after the angle was cut.