I made a bench for my parents for Xmas. Had to modify the plans I found since I couldn’t find the specific woods and didn’t have several of the tools, but it turned out pretty well. I had to glue up everything first to get the thickness I needed. Then rough cut the 4 parts to size.
The bench legs are dovetailed into the top. I cut the tops of the legs on the router table.
Then I ran a dovetail dado down the bottom of the seat with a router equipped with an edge guide, matching it to the leg tops.
I cut half-lap joints into the tops of the legs and the stretcher.
Then I assembled the stretcher/leg combo and used a mallet to pound the legs down, slowly and evenly, into the slot in the bottom of the seat.
I intended to take it back apart and add glue, but things were so tight, I was afraid to break the dovetails. So I just left it. Hasn’t moved since.
I wanted to cut half circle cut-outs in the bottom of the legs and quarter circles in the bottoms of the stretcher ends, but couldn’t find something to cut a clean enough radius and wasn’t paying for a giant hole saw. Also, my 45 chamfer router bit wasn’t big enough to go through both layers of the seat top so the underside is kinda weird looking.
But, Mom and Dad loved it, and I’m hoping it sticks around their house for a while.