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Use the bench plane to smooth the blade to its final 3/s" thickness. The pencil lines on the edge should give you guidance in this step.
The point of the blade is left thicker (5/s") to reinforce the point where splits are possible.
Saw down to a point on the handle, leaving 3/s" for the grip.