I had a couple of hours to work on my table the other night.
Most of the time was spent sanding my Mahogany with my homemade thickness sander. I love the figure in this mahogany but it is hell to work with. If you plane or even scrape it the surface becomes as furry as a cat because the grain is so wavy. It will still require many hours of sanding by Random Orbit Sander and Palm Sander before it is glassy smooth.
Then I biscuited the top together:
And glued it up. The smaller clamps on the end are to keep it flat:
Now time for the tenons. I love my little Incra marking square:
I set up my Radial Arm Saw with a stop block to cut the tenons:
The blade “floats” above the table to just the right depth:
Here is the finished tenon cut completely on the RAS. This method is very efficient to set up and I had all my tenons done in about 10 minutes.
Here is a video of the process:
Checking for fit here… I left it tight because I still have some trimming to do inside the mortises:
That’s all for now… Total project time: 6 hours
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