Opposing Arch Table #2: Nice Legs!

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Blog entry by Blake posted 10-13-2008 09:22 PM 1988 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sketchup Design Part 2 of Opposing Arch Table series Part 3: Top and Tenons »

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

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 09:38 PM

looks good Blake! You’re wasting no time getting head deep into furniture making! Can’t wait to see the finished table. And a coffee table, too?!? Nice!

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 09:53 PM

Lookin’ good, mon ami! Can’t wait to see it come together.


-- 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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#3 posted 10-13-2008 10:46 PM

Looking forward to the end

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Bill Akins

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 11:21 PM

Looks great so far, cant wait for the end.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 11:21 PM

I too will be watching.

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 11:34 PM

Blake. You are killing me man! It took me like four hours yesterday just to cut four mortises and rough cut the matching tenons. You have your table 1/2 built. Looks like you had way better luck mortising your bubinga then I. I have a 1HP Woodtek mortiser which I used for the first time yesterday with a brand new 1/2” bit that I sharpened before use and I couldn’t get through the dense bubinga. Frustrated I drilled out most of the mortise with a forstner bit and then went back to the mortiser to square up the cut so it took me twice as long. This is going to look insane!!! You have some awesome figure on this table. As I wrote this you probably just finished all of your bent laminations. All this with absolutely no quality compromised I love it. Where would you say you are on hours? Again, awesome stuff Blake.

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#7 posted 10-14-2008 12:09 AM

I forgot to mention it (I just edited the body…)

Four hours building time.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-14-2008 03:48 AM

That table is going to be gorgeous!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 10-19-2008 02:45 AM

That is real nice Blake.

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#10 posted 10-19-2008 04:38 AM

Lookin’ great please keep us posted?

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

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