I finally started working on my table the other night. Here is what I did so far…
(By the way, here is the sketchup design just to remind you…)
I’m actually not sure if I will make the jewelry compartment or not. I will have to see how it goes. I do about half my design on paper/computer and the other half on the fly.
Here’s the pile after I cross cut some of my pieces to rough length (still designing on the fly a little until I get a sense of my proportions). Birdseye Maple and that curly/quilty mahogany that I love…
The legs are Bubinga which actually came from the yard as 2×2s. In just a few moments of cutting I’ve got a rough idea of my overall shape. I call this the “sneak peak.” This is where I make changes to overall dimensions. (Its just clamped together without any joinery yet.)
Here I’ve got most of it “mocked up.” I am going to make it narrower. Notice the “shelf” down below.
I got a good deal on some Bubinga 2×2 stock which I am using for the legs:
Whenever I joint or plane anything I make lines all over so I know which side(s) have been planed and when the entire surface is planed. Depending on the project I either use pen or pencil. This time I used two colors of Sharpie (and two different patterns) for the four sides. This makes the “plane, plane, plane, plane, TURN, etc…” less confusing.
All set for planing:
All done Jointing and planing… and here’s the surprise spoiler: The short legs are for a matching coffee table!
All set for the [fun part] mortising:
Notice the various stop blocks for repeated cuts. I only had to measure and mark one side of one leg.
The cutting: Keep a brush near by to clean chips away…
And here’s the end result!
I still have to do a little hand work with a chisel to lean up the inside surfaces.
Building time so far: 4 hours
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