Yesterday I started finding suitable boards and began the rough milling for the four feet and eight legs. The first picture shows my "jointer" process which I find much faster and more accurate in this application than a long bed jointer. The second picture shows the astonishing beauty and quality of osage orange (hedge) in old growth trunks. Picture three is the setup I used to punch the 4 1/2" deep through mortises. The machine is my home built router mill. I flipped the piece over and came in from the bottom edge and was pleasantly surprised how little lip (almost undetectable to 1/64") in the intersection, thanks to the accuracy off the mill. I was glad to have the big mortise chisels to work the cleanup. And finally, that moment when matching mortises receive their tenons like hydraulic pistons and the surfaces are microscopically close to flush with each other!
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.