Last weekend I was a bachelor so I got a good 15 hours in the garage. Most of it went into this table. And boy is she taking a lot longer than I originally thought.
I still haven’t finished the top. I’m working on attaching the end pieces and well, it’s kicking my butt. Mainly because of the way I went about it I guess.
For starters, the top boards are/were 76” long. They needed to be about 73” with a 2” tongue on each end. Being so long, I couldn’t cut them on the tablesaw. That’s no big deal. I’ll just use the router.
Holy cow was this a chore! Extremely time consuming.
And to beat all, the table top is arching. It looks like a highway. The front and back are lower than the center by about an eighth of an inch. It’s not that big of a deal. Just made making the tongue a lot harder because it can’t be arched also.
Another little problem I had is my end pieces “closing up”. Last weekend, before I started on the tongue, I figured I’d go ahead and cut the dado. I mean, they always say to cut the mortise first and then the tenon. So I figured the smart thing to do was cut the 2” dado in the end pieces. Here is what it looked like today:
The good news is I was able to get one end glued on. Looks pretty good. It sounds stupid, but I actually like the arc of the table. Makes for everything not matching up as well. Looks more rustic and I think the mother-in-law will like that.
Tomorrow I hope to get the other end on (as the tongue is already cut) and then drill the holes and glue the dowels that go down through the tongue.
Here’s a few pics I took before I finished up the second end. One showing a little squeeze-out. The last one is of the “jig” I had to make so I wouldn’t make an arched tongue.
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