Thanks! This is one instance where the hand cut dovetail might have been easier. Getting the router table dialed in closely enough to make this work has been a giant pain. It's going in the same room as the other frame I made with the dovetailed corners, so I felt like I needed one here to tie them together.
I still haven't managed to do the dry fit yet, so it's still possible the whole thing is firewood. We'll see.
Homer, it sounds like you understood going in that some cracking and warping was likely to occur. There are certainly many examples of crude furniture and artwork carved from green wood such as this. We are simply warning you that the results will be unpredictable, so you won't be surprised. Thousands of years experience indicates that drying lumber takes time. Attempting to prevent the lumber from drying is futile. Best to understand the process and deal with it.
Most of my cordless are DeWalt mainly because I purchased their 18 volt drill 20 years ago and I used it to drive 4 inch bugle screws into roof battens day after day when I was a contractor. Never let me down. The chuck eventually wore its jaws away. The batteries gave me years of service.
With new battery tech and other players becoming prevalent in Australia I ventured into protool and festool which have been very reliable and my go to drills.
My first corded drill was a makita unidrill given to me as a 21st present, then the 750 watt makita... that was 38 years ago. I still own them.
So this has been way too long since I got any shop time. I was able to cut the joinery yesterday, although I still need to finesse the fit a little on the center dovetails. You can get a better idea of how the frame will go together. I also need to shorten the sliding dovetail pins since the sockets are a bit shorter to avoid being visible. With any luck, I can get it glued up in the next couple of days.