After cutting the bridle joints for the the legs and aprons using the simple but effective saw guides, it was time to do some shaping of the legs. First was the taper.
The important part of a tapered leg to me is ensuring that the upper edge of the taper is crisp and perpendicular to the square edge of the leg. I've found that this is pretty easily accomplished by adjusting the location of the cutting edge of the plane.
Next was creating the criss cross lap joint of the meeting of the aprons. Using a special marking guide (same basic design as the saw guides but specifically created to mark the proper angle), it was a quick process to get a tight joint.
A few more details for the base were required including additional shaping of the legs and creating the anchor points for the base to the top. This was followed by base glue up.
The last big activity was to create a taper on the bottom side of the table top. The cross grain edges are done first so that any spelching/tearout can be easily fixed by tapering the in grain edges.
While Richard had an ebonizing treatment for the base, I went for a shellac to show off the cherry. I liked the ebonizing treatment and will hopefully show it on a future project.