I’m going to respond to this without reading any of the responses posted. I was once a glue and screw type of guy. When I decided to build a “real” piece of furniture, I had to change my way of woodworking. I studied all of the more advanced joint techniques, asked a million on this form and lord and behold the mortise and tenon joint came into my life.
After just a hand full of projects, I personally can never go back to glue and screw for even a short life project. I don’t woodwork for money, so anything I build I build for a life time. I’m not knocking any other lesser jointing techniques, I just can’t do it that way anymore.
I just picked up some brass marine hinges today. Someone on another thread (I forget who, but thanks!) had mentioned marine hinges, so I went and checked out a local marine store. I got some that look pretty beefy and are about 1/3 price of Brusso. It still cost $140 though...
Everyone has their own process for milling rough stock and a lot depends on the size of your jointer. I have a 6” jointet and the table length is only good for about 4’ board length. First I will roughly mark out the peices I want out of each board depending on grain presentation. I will then cut the boards into manageable lengths (4 feet or less if possible) I add 4” to each board length to compensate for planer snipe.
I will then rip saw the width an 1/8” wide on the bandsaw. This can also be done on your tablesaw if a bandsaw is unavailable. Just be careful when ripping material 1-3/4” or thicker as it will tend to relieve stress and close up causing kick back. I’ve had to insert shims into the out feed kerf to prevent binding on thick stock.
Now I go to the jointer and cleanup one face. Then thru the planer leaving a little sanding stock. I then cut the pieces to length with a cross cut sled on the tablesaw.
I was a beginner just a year or so ago and was asking the same questions you are asking now. I had like 30 replies from every experienced woodworker on this forum and with their advise and guidance I am now able to take raw material to a finished product.