I took one of the strips that I had previouly ripped to width in my band saw as a starting point for this part. I cleaned up one side using the vixen file. My long straight edge was helpful in ensuring that the edge remained straight as I filed. After filing and sanding I setup the band saw and trimed the strip again to get closer to the 2-1/4" width. Next, I filed the other side of the part to get the final width. I squared up one end and then marked the cut for the finished length.