The top is 28×46, to fit in a predetermined place, to match existing cabinetry in the room. Material is eastern soft pine, furniture grade, milled to 5/4. Knots aplenty, but mostly medium (25 cents) and smaller. I cut around the large ones, culling clear stuff for the legs.
Mortising was via my Jet benchtop machine, tenons cut on the tablesaw on a sled. The remaining wood supplied the top. Considerable time was devoted to getting the knots into a “size family” and evenly, but not painstakingly, arrayed.
All is sanded to 150 at this stage. There are two pictures showing a leg atop my downdraft sanding table. The first shows the leg, the second with a horizontal light. The fixture is one of those yellow, sit-on-the-floor, imported halogen fixtures with the tubular bulb. You can see the blowout from the planer in the second image. On a wood that is all one color, like this pine, it can be difficult to see defects without a bright, horizontal light.
I started with 44 board feet and ended up with about 5 feet in scrap. A little too close for comfort, on reflection.
The top requires two cord grommets. Here’s a trick for you if you’re used to smoke rolling out and the stinkum of burned wood fibers being a regular part of your holesaw efforts. Use the pilot and holesaw just enough to score the surface. Now take a 3/8 – 1/2” drill bit and drill two holes just to the outside of the score, opposite each other. Now back to the holesaw. It will go through like the proverbial butter because the chips will fall through the holes.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"