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Place the tip of the tape measure at the end of the board, and mark a V at the desired measurement. (You will cut two 5 1/2-inch-long pieces and two 4-inch-long pieces.) Place a speed square with the lip pressed against the edge of the board and with the square's other edge bisecting the V. Mark a line across the board, and then re-measure the line.
Place the board on a sturdy work surface, with the measured section of the board extending past the table. Make a few short strokes with the handsaw to create a starter cut. Once this cut is established, start sawing with evenly paced, long strokes that use the full length of the blade. Tip: Measure, mark, and cut separately for each part.
Apply a thin bead of glue along one long edge of a short piece, using your finger to spread evenly. Position one of the long pieces against the short piece, as shown, so that the boards are evenly matched (or flush). Clamp in place using corner clamps.
Lightly tap the nail, driving it in just enough to make sure it's straight, and adjust if needed. Space the nails 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the remaining two pieces, and then glue, clamp, and nail the assemblies together.
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