When last we saw my saw bench, I had finished the mortise/tenon joints for the legs. After that, I set out making some dovetails for the top of the bench to fit into the legs. First was marking all the dovetails off the wood that would actually go on that leg to make sure my (not planed or cleaned up) 2×4s would match the joints I was cutting.
I then set out to cut these dovetails. They were made with a dovetail saw and a chisel, and lots of patience. I had to chisel off quite a bit of end grain due to being worried about cutting past my knife wall, but in the end I got them squared up (more or less) and cut.
I didn’t take pictures of me chiseling out the waste on the legs, but it was another slow process. Just chisel a bit, pare down to the new chisel depth, and repeat until you meet in the middle. I could probably benefit from getting a coping saw to get rid of most of the waste, but for now this gets the job done, however slowly. They’re not perfect, but they should plane up to be fairly tight/clean and be tight enough to hold with some glue. I can always add a wedge or two if there are gaps when I’m done.
Now the bench is fit together (though the tails are a bit loose, so I need to get some miter clamps to glue them square).
The best part is that it fits conveniently under my workbench so I can store it until I need it.
Next step is adding stretchers on the sides, and possibly a vertical piece under the benchtop pieces to make it a bit more sturdy, and then gluing it all together, drilling some holdfast holes, and calling it good.
-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA