So having acquired the lovely Goncalo Alves (aka tigerwood or zebrawood), the next step was to get it ripped and planed to the correct dimensions. Industrial Strength Dean and his Workshop of Wizardry came in handy for this part. In no time at all, we had produced the boards we needed.
Dean also had some black walnut for which he had no immediate use and he graciously helped us chop those pieces into the blocks that will be sandwiched between the rails.
The right tools make all the difference and Dean has them all. I think my favorite was the heater in the garage. I can work a lot longer if I’m comfortable; few things cut a project day short like me being cold. This won’t be a small project by the time we get done, but both my husband and my daughter will be happy about it. Well worth doing!