It has been 2 months since I worked on the project and posted any progress. In the last entry I was happy with the first mitered top. But over the holidays I would look at it and think, I can make it better, (a tighter miter).
The first top was cut at 45.2 degrees. There was a slight gap in the joint. I ran a few test pieces through. I adjusted the miter sled by 0.05 degrees. I’m not kidding. The best tests were at 45.15 degrees. If I was working in pine, the first cuts could have been clamped tight. But this is QSWO. I wanted them as close as possible because of limited flex in the WO.
This is the top I recut. It is 9” x 9”
This is the middle size table top. 14.5” x 14.5”
This is the large table top. 20” x 20”
All three for comparison. The first piece is at the very top. It wasn’t a wasted piece. I used it to test the glue up process and practice cutting the mortice. I used a Incra miter express sled for the miters. It made the cuts accurate and SAFE!
The glue up was tricky. I dry fit it all first. Then clamped one piece to the work bench. I then brushed glue on the mitered edges and set them together. Minimal clamping pressure. I was more concerned with keeping it flat so I clamped each piece to the table as I assembled the top. (sorry no pics). I used waxed paper to keep the mess manageable. That’s something I learned here at LJs.
After the glue up was finished I machined a camfered edge. The tables are A&C style. The plans called for a flat glue up with squared edges. I think this looks nicer.
The next step is to drop in the decorative tile in the center of each top.
First I scribe the shape with a marking knife. The tiles are not perfectly square. Each mortice must match its tile.
Then I drill out the excess with a forstner bit. The small table fit in the drill press. These pics are the middle size, 14.5”, top. I had to drill this top with a cordless drill.
Now to clean out the mortice.
And the fit is good.
I’m wondering if anyone has advice for gluing the tiles to the tops. The bottom of the tiles are not glazed. I think any wood glue would work. Any thoughts or suggestions?
More to follow.