Because of the taper of the legs the shoulder of the tenon will have to be at an angle. I scribe a line from underneath the legs to get the shoulder of the tenon. The tenon is 3/4 inch long by 3/8 inch thick.
The tenons and shoulders fit, now I have to chop out the mortises.
I use a drill with a 3/8 bit and drill two holes to start to make the mortise.
Then all I have to do is pare out the waste with a chisel.
I give it a wack with my dead blow hammer and it fits. Now to do 3 more.
I put tenons on the center stretcher and then put mortises in the side stretchers.
Now I am going to cut out the drawer front from the front apron. I want to save the material that I cut out for the drawer front so the grain will match.
I use my scroll saw and drill a 3/32 hole in the corner and then cut out the drawer front free hand on the scroll saw.
This worked pretty well, but I have to clean up the opening and the drawer front. I plan on putting cock beading around the drawer front so it's current size in not a problem.
Here is how it looks after I cleaned up the opening and the drawer front. Looking good.
Next I need to make the frame to hold the drawer runners and kicker for the drawer. I use a 1 inch frame along the front and back. I mortise two drawer runners front to back into the frame. The runners are 2 inch wide. Now I need to add vertical runners to hold the drawer left to right.
I glued in the vertical runners to create a channel for drawer. I added a kicker on the top.
All that remains is to sand the pieces to 180 grit and glue up the frame.
I have used the Old Brown Hide Glue to glue it up. and of course lots of clamps.
In the video I say that next I will start on the desk portion but now I think I will make the drawer next and get that out of the way.
So here is today's video: