So I debated how to make the track that the bottom of the sliding deadman slides on. I decided to use my wooden foreplane with the strongly cambered blade to take down the thickness on one side and then try my hand at rip sawing the other side.
So fun with planes first!
I kept track of my progress with the bevel gauge.
Then I cleaned up any ruff patches with my small scraper after getting it to the final surface with my Jack plane.
Then I took off the knife edge with my jack plane and jointer fence. Way more fun that scary angled table saw blades.