Step 9: Cut the dowels

Using a miter saw, cut the ¾-inch dowel to length according to the cut list, and set the miter saw to a 45-degree angle to angle one end of each piece. Cut the 1¼-inch dowels according to the cut list. To avoid measuring each piece, clamp a stop block 12 inches from the saw blade. Slide the end of the dowel against the block, make the cut, and repeat.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • japanese pull saw
      Pull saw
    • miterbox with saw
      Hand saw and miter box
    • circular saw
      Circular saw fitted with a fence
    • bar clamps
    • paintbrush
    • Chamois or lint-free rag
      Lint-free rag

    Shopping List

    4x4 for the game pieces. Get one 8-foot length.

    ¾-inch dowels for the stakes. Get 4 feet. 1¼-inch dowels for the batons. Get 6 feet.

    Water-based wood stain in two colors