I finished carving one leg with all but the tenon at the top. The carving went well and turned out great.
I will carve the rest in my spare time and will use shop time to build the frame which supports the table top. The view here if from the bottom looking up under the top.
Each of the pieces are 3 1/8 wide and 2 1/2 thick. The joinery is draw bored mortise and tenons. The tenons are each 2 inches wide and 3/4 thick and present a challenge as most of the joinery is at 45 degrees and the mortises can’t be done on a machine. Eventually I will have to cut slots for the buttons as well as the mortised for the tops of the legs to fit into.
Here is an x-ray view showing the internal joints. I also printed out a full size plan to lay on my bench to assemble the entire frame on.
Today, I got all the rough machining done on the frame pieces and stickered them overnight. I will do the final machining tomorrow.
I am working on a support block that I can clamp to the work piece and use it as a guide for a chisel to cut out the mortise. I am hoping to incorporate a drilling guide into it as well. I will post a photo of the block in the next entry.