I started my bench yesterday. There is a bunch of rough cut oak from the property, so I decided to use it. It may not be traditional, but its free. Picked a board, planed it down and rough cut all the parts for the two leg sections. I used the planer and table saw to cut everything. Used the band saw to cut the tenons. I did the mortises with a drill to take out the bulk and finished with a chisel. For my first mortise and tenons, I’m pretty happy with them. As much as I am on an old tool kick, I’d have loved to do it all by hand, but oak is tough stuff and I wanted to finish sometime this year. But I’m happy with how I sharpened the chisels. I barely used a mallet. Four of the eight mortises to finish on the legs and they’ll be done, minus some detailing.