Mortise in Slab and Legs - Best Way?
Total newb in the mortise and tenon woodworking.
I'm in the process of mortising into a 2" slab of walnut for legs. One side will be a 3x12 piece of oak as a leg and other will be 1.5x3" oak legs. I don't know the process and figured to make the tenons first in the legs, trace them on the underside of the table, then use a flunge router. Well thats easier said than done. I'm about 1/16 away in the width and length for the big oak leg to fit. Of course I could use my router table and shave off a little from the tenon.
As for the pair of 1.5"x3" legs, what's the best way to mortise that slot into the slab? Tenon side is probably 1 1/4x 2 3/4". Trace and route method? I tried to make a jig and use a guide bushing, worked somewhat. Had to chisel the corners of course.
I then thought, If I plunge down about 1/8", get the sides where I want all the way around, is that enough to use a top bearing bit to reference and cut out the rest?