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Sewing Table #2: My First Fine Furnature!!! Getting Started... Milling the Lumber

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Blog entry by Blake posted 2240 days ago 2729 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sketchup Model Part 2 of Sewing Table series Part 3: Using the Mortising Machine (for the first time) »

Well, I am finally graduating to furniture. I intend to blog the journey in this series to share what I learn in the transition from small boxes to full size furniture. I’ve done large projects before but furniture is sort of the ‘holy grail’ of woodworking, in my mind. It is what I would really like to do (if I could afford the lumber). By the way, my mom’s birthday is June 21st (we will see how close I get to the the deadline.)

The Design:

Here is the original Sketchup model from the first blog in this series:

The Lumber:

Here is the wood my dad and I settled on at the lumber store. It is birch, which was affordable hardwood for us, but the most beautiful birch I’ve ever seen. It has a curly figure to it.


(Yes, that is my delta contractor’s saw looking dwarfed under that board.)

As you can see, I am pushing my jewelry box making tools to their limits:

Getting Started:

To cut that massive slab into the 4 legs I decided to cut it half way through on the table saw and then finish it off on the bandsaw. For this job, I decided it was time for a new blade.

Definitely need outfeed support here:

Cut, flip, cut, flip, cut, flip, cut, etc… very accurate because I only moved the fence once:

It cuts very fast on the bandsaw:

And the remaining “ridge” is cleaned up with a block plane.

I run them through the planer until they were all perfectly 2×2. Tapers will be cut later.

Taking Shape:

I also cut my apron pieces to length (adding inches for the mortise and tenon joinery) and at the end of the evening I clamped my pieces together and I saw my table come to life:

TOTAL PROJECT TIME SPENT SO FAR: 3 hours

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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Al Navas

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#1 posted 2240 days ago

Blake,

Pretty cool!

One question: How will you be making the arches, as you show on the SketchUp rendition? Will you be using a template and a router? Just curious…

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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Tony

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#2 posted 2240 days ago

That is really nice looking Birch – it looks nothing like the Birch we get here in Finland – Ours is much more whiter, almost the colour of Holly. Fantastic figuring on those rails, you got a really good find.

I look forward to the rest of the series

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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teenagewoodworker

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#3 posted 2240 days ago

looking good, thats some wonderful figure in that Flame Birch there. what are you planning on for the finish.

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dlcarver

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#4 posted 2240 days ago

Good project Blake, ;looks good! Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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PaBull

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#5 posted 2240 days ago

that is one stout table. now do i see this right, did you just clamp it up for the last picture, or did you actually glu it?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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jcees

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#6 posted 2240 days ago

So, how long have you been sewing, hmmmm? HA! Great project, Blake.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 2240 days ago

Dude dose Mom plan on making saddles LOL. That quit a slab of flaming birch…you’re off to a great start good luck on completion …Blkcherry

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Karson

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#8 posted 2240 days ago

Nice design Blake. Great looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 2240 days ago

Blake,

You are off to a good start here. Your design is interesting and you selected some nice wood. Getting it completed by her birthday is doable but it doesn’t leave a lot of tv time. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Betsy

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#10 posted 2240 days ago

Got a great start. Will be fun to watch this project come to life. June 21 is not far away——- try not to hurry to much!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 2240 days ago

The figure in that wood is rich! The design looks great.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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deeker

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#12 posted 2240 days ago

That looks great!!!! Nice pics and story. More pics!!! More pics!!!

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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mot

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#13 posted 2239 days ago

Looks good, Blake!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Greg Wurst

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#14 posted 2239 days ago

Where are you getting that wood? I want some!

The table looks great so far!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#15 posted 2239 days ago

Blake looks like you are off to a great start – nice design and the wood is really top notch. Good luck on making the deadline.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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