Once I had the top glued up, I realized I really should have used some biscuits to align everything. I had some serious steps between the boards and some very visible glue lines.
I made a quick cross cut sled (in about 5 minutes) and was able to trim the ends of the top. I double checked with both a combo square and my framers square and both were dead on 90s.
I really needed to sand the tabletop down. The vigorous scraping had left the top surface feeling very uneven. My brother offered his thickness sander and I took him up on it. Unfortunately, that left me with a bigger problem—major burn marks. Nothing a nice scraper couldn’t fix.
The legs needed to be trimmed to width, so they went through the table saw and then planer.
After that, they needed to be thicknessed to 1.5” (when the 1/4” walnut centered), trimmed to length, and tapered.
-- Dan, Rochester, NY