Next I start working on the main base rails. These are going to be tusk tenons, so the tenons themselves are very long. I marked out all of the bits as usual.
Cutting the cheeks on the tablesaw again, and then I used the bandsaw to cut the shoulders to size.
Once the tenons were more or less there, I could use them as references to mark my layout of the mortises on the legs.
The usual cutting knife lines and marking the centres ready for drilling.
As these mortises are through the thickest part of the legs, and I'm drilling four of them, the mess was phenomenal! I have the kit ready to make dust extraction for my drill press, but haven't got round to putting it together yet. This mess has just bumped it up my priority list
One of the tusk tenons in place. In hindsight, I would have like to have had more tenon poking through, especially as I'm using softwood. There's a chance that the tusk wedge could pop the end of the tenon off.
A lot of chopping and a lot of mess later, and all four mortises are done. It's surprisingly stable even as just a dry fit, which makes me feel even more confident about its stability once assembled.