One additional operation today was to layout and chop the handle rail mortises. Nothing special about that other than to ensure they line up from post to post. This is easily accomplished by ganging the posts together and marking them all at the same time. The handle rail mortises were the last of the mortises that are required for this HB tansu.
A dry fit of the front and rear frame assemblies allowed me to check for squareness. That all checked out fine. It also allowed me to verify that the frames were identical in size as well as check them against the full-size drawing. Happily those two points checked out just fine as well. I can’t say this enough, a full-size shop drawing is invaluable.
If the weather continues with the warming trend, I’ll be able to start work on the front-rear rails that tie these frame assemblies together this week. There is a long way to go but every little bit gets me closer to the finish line.