I made some good progress on my sharpening workbench. Of course today I also picked up a new Fine Wordworking magazine with an article on Sharpending by Denab Puchlaski. which poings out you only need two stones and a small board to hold them and a series of stops to set the iron length in your $9 sharpening gizmo. “blah, blah, blah…I can’t hear what your saying, I’m busy working on my sharpening bench”
I got all of the bottom tenons cut and fit to their respective mortises. I spent some time tweaking the shoulders of the tenons to try to get a “perfect” fit into the base. I didn’t get a perfect fit, but I got an “OK” fit. As the wood dries I’d bet it going to move around more. That should be interesting. I clamped all four legs together and laid out the shoulders for the top tenon and the stretcher mortises.
I sawed, chiseled and planed (and “floated”) until all four top tenons fit into their mortises. I had a few fitment problems, that were a result of layout problems that were a result of imperfect accuracy in dimensioning the stock. Nothing terrible though.
After dry fitting both bases I disassembled one. and cut the mortises for the stretchers. Then I took some very light cleanup passes on the faces that would be inaccessible after glue-up to remove fingerprints and the odd welt from the dead blow hammer. I sanded these same faced to 220, including the decorations in the ends of the feet and top support. I put a light coat of shellac on the end grain decorations as a sealer, and I’ll re-sand them to 320 before I put stain on this.
Finally, I was ready to glue up one end, it went easily enough. I should be able to get the base completed this weekend. I still have to dimension the 4″ x 6″ that I got for the stretchers, and of course bring the other end truss up to this same level.