Got it figured out. I had not clamped the work piece to the drill table to integrate the whole process so was basically pushing with no backing. Doh! Hey I am learning but very slowly. The mortise will be a tusk with a counterbore key to join the stretcher to the verticals. I did consider mortise and tenon for the Trestle pieces however this is a first effort and I am working with a limited amount of material which has been salvaged so did not feel confident enough to try those types of joints yet. Next table will get the full M and T treatment. Thanks all.
Additionally, I kind of was trying to do ersatz Dominos. Would that be strong enough? Now I am having second thoughts, and on and on, it never ends. Ha ha.
Last edited by Bluefilosoff; 04-19-2015 at 09:49 PM.