Nice! Must've taken hours and hours just deciding how you'd
cut up your raw stock to get the grain flow and coherency
for your bed. Then you have to keep track of parts orientation
for all those carefully selected parts - the "non-show face"
- for some reason - seem to be either "not so pretty" or
will obviously look out of place in the finished piece. I'm betting
there was a LOT of Measure Twice, Cut Once and that there
were chalk marks on every part which were checked before
making the next cut. That alone warrants a Well Done! The
glue up must have been "challenging". Did you chamfer the
ends of the tenons and the top of the mortises to make their
alignment at glue up time a little easier?
Nice thing about M&T joints is that their self aligning - things
that are supposed to be square almost automatically become
square at the joint closes. Did you check for square anyway
-just to make sure?
Looking at the picture Tall Tenons immediately brought the
Festool DOMINO to mind. A&C, G&G, Stickley designs use
mortise and tenon joints in copious quantities. Cutting all
those mortises and all those tenons - accurately and consistently
must be real fun - or a real PITA.
Now I never met either of the Greene brothers or anyone from
the Hall shop (the folks who actually made the things the G&G
brothers thought up), nor Mr. Stickley - but I suspect that they
would have been quite comfortable with loose tenon mortise and
tenon joints - if they could be done more efficiently than true
M&T joints, while maintaining the strength of said joint. And I'm
sure the Hall shop would have snapped up the DOMINO and put it
to use in a New York Minute.
Anyway - it's a nice piece that will serve you well for a lifetime
- and then some.