After laying out all the parts, I begin cutting the boards to rough size. First, crosscut them to make the long boards more manageable. Then the pieces can be ripped (again, to rough dimensions). The important thing is to square up one edge first
At this point the wood may not have perfectly flat and square surfaces. So the first edge may have to be jointed.
Shop Note: Also, if a board is "cupped," place the cupped face down on the table saw to keep it from rocking during the cut.
Finally, because dimension lumber usually has milled (rounded over) edges, I make all the rip cuts with the square edge against the fence. Thi when the piece is ripped to fin-
ished width, the last cut leaves both edges of the workpiece square, see photo below.
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