Sewing Table #5: Tapers and Curves

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Blog entry by Blake posted 06-13-2008 07:38 PM 3511 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I cut the curves in the apron and the tapers in the legs.

I just bent a stick between two blocks for the long curve and marked it:

I used a bowed stick with a string to mark the smaller arc:

I made the cuts on the bandsaw and left a hair extra:

Then the curves were trimmed right down to the line on the R.O. sander:

In this photo you can barely see the lines I drew for the “recess” drop-down for the sewing machine.

Well, this is how I made the vertical cuts for that recess:

Then I made the horizontal cut on the bandsaw and squared it up with a plane.

Marking the tapers in the legs:

I also cut those freehand on the bandsaw.

Then I cleaned the saw marks on the jointer with the tapered sides down:

My new thickness sander works equally well as a regular drum sander:

My dad stopped by for about an hour and helped sand the faces of the apron. He is the one that sort of “commissioned” me to do this project (and trusted me enough to buy the wood). He has been following this blog. If you get a chance say “hi…”

It’s pretty much ready to glue up at this point.

Total Project Time So Far: 17 1/2 hours + 1 dad-hour

-- Happy woodworking!

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 06-13-2008 07:50 PM

This is turning out great Blake, and you’re making such great progress on it, almost there!

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 06-13-2008 07:50 PM

Say Hi to your Dad for me, shame we did’nt meet at my last visit.

The project is comming along great, nice use of the “horizontal” drum sander. I am really looking forward to seeing the end result

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#3 posted 06-13-2008 07:53 PM


man you are making some serious progress on this sewing table. You are WAY more efficient then me. Your mom is going to love this table when it is done. Thanks for the post and including the project time. Looks like a great day off you had and happy birthday.

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#4 posted 06-13-2008 08:03 PM

thanks Blake for this progress report. Nice to see that homemade thickness sander put to work.

“Hi” Blake’s dad! ;-)

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 06-13-2008 08:52 PM

I like it when Dads get involved…....Hi DAD!
Great job Blake…Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#6 posted 06-13-2008 09:38 PM

Dad has to think that this is pretty cool. Your project looks like it is coming along great. It is such a great design, but coming from you I wouldn’t expect anything less. You have a great gift for this craft.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 06-14-2008 03:14 AM

Hi Dad! Thanks for the update Blake. I look forward to seeing the finished product. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-14-2008 07:23 AM

Looking good!

“Total Project Time So Far: 7 1/2 hours + 1 dad-hour” + 4 hours blogging.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#9 posted 06-14-2008 10:46 AM

It’s going to be beautiful!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 06-14-2008 11:05 AM


I am enjoying this series. You are documenting your progress well and it is coming along pretty well. One week to go. You are on track to make it. It is nice to see that you had help from your father too by the way.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#11 posted 06-14-2008 06:38 PM

Not to be the time police or anything, but becuase I’m interested in the time aspect, in the last post you were at 10hrs, in this one you state 7 1/2hrs…

Was that suppposed to read 17 1/2 hours?

Whatever the amount of time involved you’re really cruising!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 06-15-2008 04:46 PM

Getting closer all the time!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 06-15-2008 05:59 PM

No Dorje, I’m just so efficient I can make the clock go backwards!

Actually you are right. I forgot to add the other 10 hours.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 06-17-2008 01:09 AM

Hi Dad:
Hi Blake:

I love that the way that the curve follows the grain on the aprons.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 06-17-2008 01:13 AM

Great job Blake. Looks like you have a dedicated helper there.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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