Happy holidays! What better way to celebrate Christmas then to sneak off into the shop for a bit and do some woodworking. I left last time with the short rails a little wonky after the first milling. Each rail had two faces still flat and square so I started the final milling with those. I ran them through the planer and then finally the table saw which thankfully resulted in four perfectly square short rails. I cut these to length (21-1/2") on the miter fence and went about laying out the tenons.
Now the tenons can be really any dimension you want as long as it mechanically makes sense. I already decided to deviate from the downloaded plan by making the short rails beefier but I stuck with the plan dimensions in making the tenons two inches long. The structural shoulders ended up 1/2" deep while the cosmetic top shoulders I set at 1/4". I used a marking gauge to scribe a 2" line all along the rail from both ends. After that I set up the dado stack in the table saw which allows for a wider continuous cut. At 3/4" it still took three passes for each face...3 x 4 x 8 = 96 passes. Let's just say it took a little while. The wife stopped in while I was cutting these tenons and took a couple of action shots. I'm wearing my most festive red and white checkered shirt. Kind of a ginger Santa Claus look going when you get down to it...
After the tenons had been cut on the table saw the faces were a little rough so I took them over to the bench hook and used my shoulder plane to flatten them.
With all of these finished up I thought it fitting to stack everything together as a small sense of accomplishment. Note the wooden mallet behind the shoulder plane...a most excellent Christmas gift from the wife.
The last thing I did for the day was cut the workbench legs to length and put a nice chamfer on the bottom. This will prevent the workbench from catching if I ever need to scoot it around on the floor. The daughter and I leave for a trip to Kansas tomorrow to see the folks so I plan to start milling the mortises in the legs when we get back.