Now that the cherry framework has been milled down, it’s time to start laying out the numerous mortise and tenon joints. I begin by making a few “story sticks” using some scraps I had laying around.
Once the story sticks are laid out, it’s time to transfer the lines to the actual stock. Since I don’t have to pull a tape and remember where to make all the marks this part is virtually dummy proof.
Then I extend the lines using a small combination square.
I plan on using a template bit and a router to create the stepped pattern in the rails so I spent some time making templates out of hard board.
After a few hours all the layout lines are in place. Next time I will work on making the mortises, roughing out the stepped pattern, and maybe a little template routing.