I managed to get the sides assembled by this early afternoon.
The heat and holiday have kept me away from the garage.
Its expected to be 102 tomorrow, with higher humidity, so it looks like I wont be doing much more this week on the unit.
I scratched the original plans, and redrew it all on my work bench tops yesterday, and some of the measurements on scrap pieces of maple ply.
I tossed the original plans and put the mortiser away again.
I made all the panels, will make the face frame and doors with pocket screws.
Its quick, easy and strong.
Used an upcut spiral bit on the router table to cut the dados for the panels, and learned quickly the slightest let go of the boards the bit cut through the faces. I had cut extra lengths of oak and left the original mitre sets on the mitre saw so I could recut rails or stiles if needed.
My only slight error, was that when I glued up the legs, laminated from several boards each, I made sure the front of each leg had the same face grain so they would all match. I have alot of different grades and grains of white oak. I wanted to use all my short pieces for this build.
When I cut the tapers, (2 sided) I forgot to orient the boards for the opposite side of the unit, and ofcourse now the face grains dont match exactly on each side of the unit's legs. The mistake is clear in the second picture, but with oil it might match up enough so it isnt an issue.(clearly an idiotic mistake, something at this point in the game I should not have made, but I wouldnt taper all four sides of the legs)
my plans are to have a 60x20 inch 6/4 white oak top. It will overhand each side by 6.5 inches, and the cabinet will be 16.5 inches off the floor. The top will be 36 inches high, legs are 34.5 inches high.Cabinet will be 18 inches high, with plywood bottom.(Im more secure with plywood bottom so less concern about wood movement) Two doors on cabinet are intended, using 35 mm cup hidden hinges, face frame mounted inset doors. At least thats my plans, where Ill end up I never know.The panels on each side are from the same piece of 5/4 oak, I resawed it in half, and planed down to correct size. Ill do the same for door panels, but not sure which color wood Im using for doors yets.