The stringers (aka battens) were made and attached several weeks ago, as I flattened the top.
|Mmmm. Lead-based paint.|
|Ah, the irony. I'm not a masochist. That stock is too long to crosscut on the table saw.|
To make the curved shape of the feet, I spent some time designing patterns on hardboard, then used that to draw and cut a couple of test pieces on 2x6 lumber to show my wife and refine the shape. Once I got to something we were happy with, I used the template to draw the shape on both sides of the foot, and then cut off most of the waste on the band saw. I used a hand saw and chisels to make the sharp arrises where the flat top transitions to the curve. A paring chisel took off most of the remaining waste, and then a little quality time with the oscillating belt sander smoothed things out.
|Roughing out mortises at the drill press|
|Cleaning up a bottom leg tenon with a L-N rabbet block plane. Haven't cut the narrow shoulders yet.|
|Drilling for the mortise that will hold the tusk tenon (in background)|
that secures the leg to the horizontal brace.
The big question now is, will I finish in time to use this table for Thanksgiving dinner? My family's not coming up until Saturday, so I've got a couple extra days.