I prepped some parts blanks previously, I pull those out now and slice the boards into 5/16" thick ribbon strips. I am careful to keep the strips in order as I cut them off so the grain pattern flows effortlessly across the panel when I'm done.
Sometimes I like to include a special feature as a center stripe in the panel, but i do this only if I can get the grain to match up - no sudden pattern changes allowed. I cut more than enough strips to make the two panels and will make up as many panels as I can. The extra will get set aside for next time.
These panels will be allowed to sit in their clamps overnight to achieve maximum glue hold before I work with them further.
The rest of the afternoon will be spent roughing out stand parts. Then I'm off to help Marie with a brush-pile burning project as part of our fall clean-up process. It's supposed to rain again tomorrow, so this needs to be done today. Burning a wet brush pile does not work so well!