Today I used a combination of power tools and hand tools to make the tongue & groove (T&G) joinery for the upright assembly. On the router table I cut the rest of the tongues, and partial grooves; I then finished the grooves with a mortising chisel, trimming the corners of the tongues and chiseling the mortises until everything fit well. Finally, the assembly stood on its own:
It is such a pleasure to work cherry with just about any tool – in this case, I used a roundover bit on the router table:
The stretchers on the back of the upright assembly are also made nicer by the roundover machined on the edges:
Next I will sand the upright, in preparation for glue-up. After one final dry fit to get some critical measurements for the folding legs, it will be glue-up time.
— Al Navas