Alright, the legs were glued up in part one. Since then I milled them to final dimensions by jointing on two sides, then running them through the table saw just oversized. The legs were then ran through the planer to get the final size I was looking for. Using the table saw to get the bulk of the waste off reduced the amount of shavings from the planer that had to go through the dust collector.
The next step was to create the lower side stretchers. The rough lumber was milled 1 ¾” longer then the dimension between legs. I then added tenons to each end of the side stretcher. This was done on the table saw using multiple passes (really should get a dado). Once that was complete I located the mortises on the legs. These were created by boring out the wood with a ⅜” forstner bit and touching up the sides with a chisel.
The shelf lumber was milled do be slightly oversize prior to glue up. This would allow me some wiggle room later on. After getting the rough boards jointed and planed I used biscuits to aide with the glue up. Number 10 biscuits were inserted 6-8 inches apart, this made keeping the boards aligned much easier. The shelf was clamped and let sit overnight. There was a knot in one of the boards that was loose, so I carefully removed it. The knot hole was cleared of loose debris and then the knot was glued back in. When I was satisfied with the assembly of the shelf it was put through the drum sander, makes quick work of the primary sanding. I had 120grit on the drum. One draw back of the drum sander though is that it leaves linear marks on the wood. These are easily removed by dropping down a grit, in this case to 100, and using a random orbital sander. The shelf was then sanded to 150, as were the legs and stretchers.
To attach the shelf to the stretchers I routed a rabbit in each end and a corresponding dado in the stretchers. Final adjustments were made with chisels and sand paper to get a good fit. All parts were then dry fit and pictures taken, of course! I can not glue these up yet as I still need to be able to work the upper ends of the legs.
I think the next step will be to create the front drawer dividers and rails. I also need to decide if the back panel is going to be solid cherry or plywood, any thoughts on that?
-- Making dust and taking names!