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There are several ways to dimension the parts, from handsaws to band saws. My tool of choice is the table saw. Since most table saws don’t have the capacity to make these cuts in a single pass, I’ll do it in two.

Starting with the legs, set the saw fence to 3" and raise the blade to just past half of the 4×4 wood’s thickness, in this case about 1¾" high. Putting the best face against the fence, push the piece through. Once you’ve made that cut, flip the piece end to end, and with the same face against the fence, make the second pass. You should be left with 3/8"-thick scrap.

Next, rotate the piece 90° and repeat the process, removing the second face. Repeat this process with all of the parts, finishing all like parts at once.