With everything fully assembled, the joinery is pared, planed and scraped flush. Then the ends can be shaped with the coping saw.
Once the surfaces are cleaned up and any defects dealt with, the internal areas are finished, as they won’t be accessible later. Then the glue up commences and it’s ready for the finishing touches.
There are a number of additional features that Paul likes to add to his workbench to make it really shine. Have a go and see which ones work for you.
The combination of the stopped housing with the tenons requires careful layout and cutting. Once the tenons are cut, they can be fitted to the exact width of the mortises.
The shelf is fitted using a stopped housing dado that incorporates through mortises. Paul goes through the layout, paying special attention to transferring the mortise layout to the outside face. Then the mortise can be chopped and the housing cut and routed to depth.
Paul assembles the legs of the trestle. Then the posts are marked out and fixed in place to make a sturdy reliable trestle, using gussets for additional strength and rigidity.
With the prototype under his belt and the stock prepared, Paul gets to work on the dovetail layout. Once the tails are laid out, the tails are sawn and chopped then transferred to lay out and cut the dovetail recesses.