Having sourced the timber it was time to cross cut to size and rip to width..
The board is going to be 650 mm by 400 mm [26 in by 16 in] so I cut the pieces to 850 mm [34 in] taking in the 3mm [1.8 in] kerf for each cross cut in the next step….. and sized them to 50 mm [2 in] thick.
This will leave a little extra to hold against the fence when crosscutting and maybe a little left over the make a small herb board to match…
Each board from the right was moved over to the left to see how the patteren would look.
This pattern had to be adjusted to make sure the width of the board was exactly 400 mm.
[The width dictated that more strips were used… to make sure that there was no splitting … wood movement in larger pieces may eventually cause cracks…]