Well, on most forums ... no picts, didnt happen so heres proof that I do more than buy wood.
Some time ago I had gotten all the pieces sized and glued up..
Somewhere along the way I forgot to get picts of the initial mortise and tenon creation. Well, this point was a learning proccess as I didnt know how bad red oak can split and fray on the tenons that I was going to do wedge locks on. I had a certain finished look in mind for the joint and I was nervous that I wouldn't get it or wouldnt be happy with it. I have stepped out of my comfort zone with the joinery on this as it is so I changed plans slightly and went with bench bolts. I finished the slots for the top attachment, got the mortises done for the stretchers and drilled all the holes for the draw-bores.
Next up is cutting the thumbnail detail on the trestle bottoms and removing the center of them to create feet. Gluing the leg assemblies and doing the drilling of the stretchers for the bench bolts. Oh and I milled about 2/3 of the maple for the benchtop. Anyone need some sawdust??
Also in the lessons learned... a marking knive would be a DANDY idea... finally seeing the light on this one... sometimes pencil lead isnt the most accurate way to mark. I am getting better at sharpening chisels too.