These were the largest pieces I have ever surfaced by hand from roughsawn; it took awhile but I eventually got it done:
I wanted my rustic table to look as simple as possible, with no exposed joinery or anything else that would draw attention away from the slab, so I settled on two slabs for legs set at an angle. I decided that long mortise and tenon joints would be the best way to join the table slab to the leg slabs, so this meant that I would be making angled mortises and tenons for the first time. I immediately wondered whether I should angle the mortises or the tenons, so I did an internet search and, of course, immediately found a pitched argument among the experts as to which is better. Laughing, I decided to angle the tenons and chose 15 degrees by eye.
Let me begin by confessing that I wimped out:
Yup, I cut the leg slabs and the shoulders to the fifteen degree angle with a tracksaw. That was it though and from here on out I used hand tools.
After completing the shoulders, I laid out the tenons, chiseled them out and cleaned them up with a shoulder plane, leaving them slightly oversize for fitting:
I'm pleased with the way it turned out but I have no idea as to whether it will hold up. If any of you know of a better way to do this, I'd be very interested.