Still not feeling 100% after my cold but I’m getting there. I managed to get a few hours in the shop on Sunday followed by an hour after work this evening. I finished all of the mortises in the posts and chopped the mortises in the rails. The post tenons were then fitted to the rail mortises. This allowed me to do a dry fit of the front and rear frames. I needed this dry fit so that I could obtain the final length for the front and rear bearers.
I started fitting the rear bearers first. This joinery is repetitive, so once I get started it flows pretty quickly. Using my purpose built marking gauge makes this even easier. The joints that hold the rear bearers in place are a combination of mortise and tenon and saddle joint. Fitting is straight forward. Split the marking gauge line with the saw and chop out the waste. All but one joint fit straight from the saw. Not too bad, if I do say so myself.
Did I mention I like working with cherry? I knew going in that only the outer frame was going to be made from cherry. The bearers and drawers will be from pine and the panels will be birch ply like before. I was a little concerned about how these different woods would look along side each other. Now that I have the rear bears fitted, I can see that I’m going to like how it looks. The cherry and the pine will compliment each other quite well. The long term plan is to experiment with different species in the frame and stick with pine and birch as the secondary woods.
I’ve just barely gotten started but I’m starting to get back into the rhythm of the joinery.
One more thing. I like working with cherry. 🙂