So, I have decided to build a saw bench in the style of Stumpy Nubs design (more or less). This is in part a learning exercise, and in part because sawing things on the workbench isn’t the most comfortable way to do it. There have been some challenges along the way, but I’ve nearly got the mortises and tenons for the legs all cut and fitted, which leaves only the draw-boring and the dovetails for the top, give or take a couple holes for holdfasts.
I started by cutting out the tenons with a dull saw. I later sharpened the same saw, and it got much easier.
I cleaned up the tenons with a router plane (and didn’t take any pictures, so you’ll have to use your imaginations). There were a couple that had some pretty bad knots in them, so it was a bit of a challenge, and I chipped the corner off my blade when my patience ran a bit then, but now they are all uniform in thickness (give or take some splitting and gouges).
Next I routed a pair dadoes across each of the bottom pieces, also having to fight with the knots. This went easier because I cut a series of slots into the wood to make it easier to chisel away most of the waste before getting to the router plane. All in all, they turned out pretty good.
Once the dadoes were cut, I had to cut the boards in half and glue them together. This was a bit of fun finding ways to clamp it to my workbench and cut at funny angles, but I managed to get it all cut out (and fairly straight as well, hooray!). I then planed them together and glued them.
Finally, I had to do a bit more cleanup on the tenons so they would fit into the slots, which were a bit tight. I probably took off 1/64” from each side and now they fit snugly and should be ready for gluing/draw-boring once I get to the dovetails.
-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA