Skipping forward, since the last post I have cut the mortises on the inside leg and stretcher assemblies to receive the cross members that brings the base together.  The cross members that support the top are thick enough that I was able to squeeze a double mortise and tenon joint in, while the smaller side pieces receive a single. I'll move onto the making and fitting of the tenons

I start by milling small strips of teak to a thickness that will fit snugly into the mortise. Since the bit that cuts the mortises leaves the sides rounded, instead of squaring them off I just round over the tenons. Here below you can see the rounding off the strips of tenon stock by using a small block plane.


After I dial in a radius that fits into the mortises, I can begin to cut the strip into individual tenons. Next is to hone them to their exact length with a shooting board and block plane.


And before you know it, you start to have a nice little pile of custom fit tenons.


I prefer doing it this way so each tenon gets a snug fit into its mortise, as each mortise can be a fraction bigger or smaller. Here you can see the top cross bar with the tenons fit and the side stretcher assembly with the corresponding mortises.DSC_1374

Pretty tight.


Next up...finding the top in this rather large slab of western maple.


Good night.