Now that each end of the bench is assembled it’s time to get the final pieces ready. The long rails needed a bit of adjustment to fit into their mortises and the cross member was trimmed to close to final size. Then the parts were taken upstairs and dry assembled to make sure the bench would actually fit between the table legs (better safe than sorry).
Now it was finally time to shape the cross member. First I applied a 1/2 inch
wife wide and 1/8th inch deep rabbit on each side (I realize it should have been 5/8th but it worked out). It was nice to use my Stanley 45 plane, it’s been sitting on the sidelines for too long.
Then it was time to round over the corner and since I do t have a set of hollows and rounds it was the 45 to the rescue again. Yup, I have a set of the hollow and round attachments for the 45 (including the stair tread one). The 6h was just the right size.