This is one of many test fits required to get this sawbench joinery to fit properly. It's funny how rusty one gets from not doing it for awhile. But progress is being made. This is osage orange and it is really challenging to work with. All type of grain seem to be present and even when it looks straight, it isn't in another direction, so hand planing requires special equipment. What I have that works is a plain old paint scraper very well sharpened for this purpose.
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.