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Sewing Table #7: Assembly at Last

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Blog entry by Blake posted 2251 days ago 1745 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I decided to make a bead around the drawers which would give me the room I needed to clean up both the drawers and openings. Thanks to bfd’s idea I decided to go for the template idea to fix the drawer openings.

DRAWERS

So I milled up some strips for the bead:

Here’s how I made the template to fit the drawer with the bead…

I drew the outline of the bead on a scrap of plywood:

Then I cut some scraps to fit those lines and stapled them to the plywood piece:

Let’s make sure it will fit inside:

Then on the router table I used a template bit to follow those scraps to make the final template:

And Walah… a template:

Finally that drawer opening is squared up:

And now I just need to chip away at those corners:

ASSEMBLY TIME

I decided to use dowels to join the front-to-back supports for the sewing machine recess. That router template I just used came in handy to give me a bigger surface to steady the portable drill press for drilling the dowel holes:

One last dry fit:

And finally its together:

Once the glue was dry and the clamps were off I had quite a bit of scraping to do:

The middle cross piece was secured between the two supports with dowels. I almost used screws here but at the last minute I went for the all-natural:

SEWING MACHINE SHELF

The dropped-down sewing machine shelf will need to be attached permanently to the front of the table but the back end of it has got to have some room to expand. So I drilled the holes with some breathing room. I made slots for the screws:

The front of the shelf was biscuited to the apron:

And the rest was screwed through those expansion slots from underneath:

I also made an opening for the machine’s power cord:

I’m on a marathon this weekend to finish this project. More will come soon!

Deadline… Saturday night!!!

Total Project Time So Far: 29 1/2 hours

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



19 comments so far

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Betsy

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#1 posted 2251 days ago

Blake you are doing great! Your Mom is going to be so happy with this table. Can’t wait to see how it ends up. The save on the “mistake” sure seems to have worked out.

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

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teenagewoodworker

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#2 posted 2251 days ago

its coming together! thanks for the post

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PaBull

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#3 posted 2251 days ago

Blake are you merried? You might want to duplicate this this table while you are at it.
Keep us posted!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Karson

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#4 posted 2251 days ago

Looks great Blake. Nice recovery.

-- 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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GaryK

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#5 posted 2250 days ago

Your progress looks great! Keep it up.

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

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Russel

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#6 posted 2250 days ago

Great work Blake.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 2250 days ago

I am excited for you as well. You are on track. The drawer detail turned out nicely.

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

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jcees

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#8 posted 2250 days ago

You rock, bubba Blake. Keep it rollin’. H’yah!

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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John Gray

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#9 posted 2250 days ago

Looks good.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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trifern

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#10 posted 2250 days ago

Very cool Blake. You are on the home stretch. How are you going to finish it?

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 2250 days ago

Blake,

Pulled off like a true master craftsman.
You are there, you just don’t fully realize it yourself.

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

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Harold

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#12 posted 2250 days ago

Blake!! this looks wonderful….remember time can be either our friend or enemy, it’s a personal choice. Saturday evening you will have a beautiful piece I am sure….but Sunday evening it could be extrodinary….Sometimes our muse can be frustrating

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 2250 days ago

It looks like you are online.
Why aren’t you in the shop?
Deadline is looming!

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

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Blake

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#14 posted 2250 days ago

Todd, My boss just called me and gave me the day off (out of the blue) so I have the whole day to work :)

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

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Chris

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#15 posted 2250 days ago

Looks great!

Just curious, What are you using for the drawer slides??

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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