Yup. had a pair of legs already tapered on two sides. Got the other two legs done by noonish. Tapered with handplanes only, mind you. Set up a “work space” such as i have.
A washer & dryer served as a staging area
And laid out a few toys, er tools.
That little piece of paper? THAT is all the “plans” I had, just the measurements for the aprons. Made tenons on one of the short aprons ( 24-1/2” long 1×4) so I would have a pattern fot the mortises in the legs. laid out the lines
And chopped down a starter hole/stop hole. Next a saw
Long ago, I gave up on that little piece of wood at the top of a leg mortise, so, I just saw down to define the waste
Use a chisel to pop the waste out, and pare the mortise square. Then a check for fit
Then rotate to do the other mortise. Then sine the leg was in the vise, did a clean up
of the leg’s sides, and got rid of the layout marks, finally put a slight champfer on the edges. Legs were about done
So, I got the rest of the tenons cut on the aprons. Tried out a shoulder plane, well I used like one anyway
Apron routine: Lay out one line 1/2” in from the end. Take a handsaw, take 7-8 level strokes, check for depth of cut. Take a wide chisel, pop off the waste. Pare tenon smooth. Flip over and repeat for the other side. Short aprons were ready for a glue up
Glue, clamp, and two finish nails per joint. Both short ends are done ( it is now 3:00!) Time to work on the long longs. Aprons get a slight round over by using just a hand plane. The long aprons get a stretcher between them. So, a Dovetail was cut
Measured acroos the assembled (dry fit) base to get the length of the stretcher itself. Cut the matching dovetail. Got everything Glued up, clamped up, stretcher installed.
Cut and fitted corner blocks. DDrilled for the screws to attach them. Everything secured? Take the clamps off ( AFTER having another Mountain Dew, of course) Carry this “thing” up the Dungeon steps, beat on the door to get it to open, waddle through the Kitchen, place the base onto the table top. Top was just sitting on a card table.
Screwed off one side. Found out the other side was out of square ( Did I do that??) so, back down them stairs, grab a long clamp, trudge back up and pull the side square, and THEN screwed that side off. Four screws in the strecher, one in each corner block. Flipped this thing over, got rid of the card table, place the “new” table in just the “right spot” ( according to the wife) Placed the two existing chairs under the table. THEN I get to go fry up some supper. Time? 6:30 pm!
-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use