Wood in the rough. Delivered from Tradewinds Hardwoods in Vermont. Three very wide (and thick!) planks
This is the second time I've had a shop cat during the making of a piece of furniture!
Using an old very crowned plane, I hog off large shavings of wood to get the boards roughly flat.
By planing both edges at the same time, differences in angles are compensated. Differences from straight are doubled.
The frame was joined using mortise and tenon joinery.
The breadboard ends are secured with long tenons fitted into over-sized mortises to allow for movement of the top. They are glued only in the middle.