Historic Riglet production methods

Ten years ago when my daughter started working with letterpress, new printer friends like Dave Churchman, Don Black, and Dave Peat were very helpful in getting her what she needed. I bought her a partly filled riglet rack on a trip to Churchman’s “Boutique de Junk” and contacted American Printing supply to purchase new 3 foot strips of both thick and thin riglets. What arrived was not the best. It was what they had left over.
So I have decided to figure out how to make it myself, out of the proper wood, sealed with mineral oil, and accurate to .003 inch thickness.
Does anyone know the actual historic production method/ What tools and saw? accurate thickness methods? I am not saying I will produce it for the printer world, but I would like to figure it out to share with modern printers with modern tools

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I’d start with a band saw to rough-cut the sticks, then use a drum sander to finish to desired thickness. A planer could work in a pinch but won’t get such a nice even finish and it might have trouble with the thinness.

Consider asking on a woodworker’s forum, too.

(I seldom use thin reglets…just drop in a handy slug and continue.)

I go to my local hardwood lumber yard and buy a few boards. Get my trusty table saw out and cut a few reglets, maybe 10 or 15 full length cuts. I always use and original piece to measure what size (width) I want to cut. Then I take it to my Hammond glider saw and cut to length. I use a ton of furniture. I leave my forms set-up for quicker reprints. I even take a set of metal number punches to put the length on one end. I use kiln dried, hard maple.
Fun to make and so easy.