With all the cherry stock ready it is time to mill the stock and then cut all the pieces to their final dimensions. The stock from my lumber store typically comes rough finished on two sides and fairly straight (unless one edge is a live edge).
I normally spend a lot of time inspecting each board and choosing the sections i want for each piece. Even though the bases will be ebonized I was uncertain if sapwood would ebonize differently so I took the time to ensure each piece was all heartwood and almost completely free of knots and other defects. For jointing and planing I prefer to work with boards 2’ to 4’ long as they will usually joint easiest (less overall bow) and are more easily handled through the planer.
To crosscut the boards to the length I like to work with them for jointing and planing I use my table saw as I don’t have a mitre saw.
After rough cutting and jointing the pieces are ready for the planer.
After planing I then cut the pieces to width and then to length. For cutting to length I first square off one end. I then use my Incra setup to cut to exact length. The important thing is to cut all pieces that are supposed to be the same length at the same stop setting. That way if they are off, they are all off equally and it won’t matter in the end. Here are all the pieces.
Next I rough assemble them on my workbench to verify I haven’t made any big mistakes. At this point I also determine the exact orientation of the legs (riftsaw sections facing forwards), and which sides of the aprons I want facing outwards. I then label each piece and put appropriate marks on the ends of the legs.
Next steps are to do the joinery which I’ll do with my Domino, then I’ll taper the legs and then I’l glue everything up. That will be in Part II