Lucky thing my client won't need the table until at least after September. Maybe later.
I did some real thinking about what to do since I made mortises in the upper supports rather than cut joinery for bridle joints. I decided to go with what I have. The tenons will be plenty strong (probably stronger than bridle joints), but to make them look less weird, I sawed about 1/2" of depth from each of the supports. This will give a little bit of distance between the top of the trestle's mortise and the horizontal edge of the support.
I think if I hadn't done that, the bottom of the support would touch the top of the trestle's mortise and look weird.
Let's get to it:
|Layout lines for the lower tenon on the leg|
Considering that I already had a mortise in this beam, The end of the upper tenon had to be exactly six inches above the bottom of the trestle's mortise. This is because the trestle is six inches thick, and the bottom of the trestle rests on the bottom of the mortise.
|Exactly six inches above the bottom of the mortise.|
|I missed my honking BadAxe tenon saw. It's perfect for this kind of joinery.|
|Three more to go.|
The problem was I was getting some chatter. But not chatter like I had ever seen before. The wave of this chatter was really slow. You couldn't really see the bumps, but you could sure feel them.
It turns out there was a nasty hump on the face of the frog. Likely this plane never worked well for anyone, even when it was brand new.
|A few swipes on my stone shows a nasty hump.|
Next I sawed the upper braces so they were a bit thinner, as I described above.
|A well tuned ripsaw is a wonder.|
|Two of these rips is a lot like work.|
|Look! Some sticks!|
Now that all of the mortise and tenons are cut, it's time to fettle them. It's been a long time since I used a shoulder plane for this job. I learned how to do it with a chisel for the sake of having that skill. It's a great skill to have, but I decided to pull this shoulder plane out one last time before I sold it.
Holy Moly! I forgot how easy this made tuning tenon shoulders. I was done with four perfectly tuned tenons in about twenty minutes. I'm sure I could have done it with a chisel, but it would have taken hours to get them to the level of perfection they are at with this tool.
|I suppose my LN large shoulder plane has earned it's place back in my tool chest.|
|Another job for the rip saw.|
When I get back to this project in a couple months, I'm sure I'll forget what I was doing, so this post is mostly a reminder for my future self.
Future self: the next thing that needs to be done is to plane the taper on this brace down to the line and smooth it out and cut the ends to length at the angle I marked. Then once the other is done, the taper on the feet can be done. But not so aggressive of a taper!
Once everything is shaped and smoothed, the beams can be planed to thickness so the surfaces all meet. Next is a chamfer.
I suggest to my future self to make the trestle and fit it before drawboring and wedging everything. You know how you are!
As far as the slab top goes, it needs just a little bit of work: a big chamfer on the underside to thin out the look of it, and some epoxy for the little cracks in the center.
Hopefully I won't forget I wrote this here until after I've done something irreversible.