When I was being proactive on this I had just finished the top, chopped the leg mortises and cut the deadman riser groove.
This is a pictorial of fitting the rails… The rails are all cut from the same stock and the only special piece is the front Rail.. you cut the others all to 3” and the Front rail is Proud by 1/2 an inch. you set up your Saw to 45 and Rip the Front outside rail putting a Point ^ on it. This is where the deadman will ride.
I like to clamp stuff and then cut and fit the the final product so that I can get a good fit. You really want all the outside’s to be right on the edge of the legs.. So Here we are fitting.
OK, You repeat that for each one and then ( you can just Glue them UP OUTSIDE the TABLE TOP! Its easier to use a mallet to tap them in the leg holes but you glue them up in there your never going back).. Its up to you.. Should Look Like this (my test fitting).. Then you Drill The Holes for the Pins.. You want to “draw the” Rail into the Leg. So you drill two holes through each mortise. Then you put in your Rail and use a Pointed drill bit of the same size to mark the center of the hole. You want to take them all apart and Drill about 1/8” to the outside of the marked hole on the rail. You then you make a buncha dowels ( to the Borg I went and got some Oak ones). You use your knife or anything to give them a reduced edge to get them to slide easily (I used a big pencil sharpener) and then you cut one edge a bit more (about an eighth.). This edge faces the RAIL and will help get the Dowel through the tight fit. It looks as if you have a very small opening but the pine is so soft you tap them down and it eventually it Draws the Joint so tight you don’t need to glue it.
You do this (and ya let it dry a bit If you glued it) then you flip it over and put it on the top… Looks kinda like a work bench now!
OK the final look is the legs pined and the top on top… Like this…
As were on a roll, Next is Making the Dead Man and once its in place you will all go.. Holy Crap.. a bit just seeing what it does…
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