Opposing Arch Table #3: Top and Tenons

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Blog entry by Blake posted 10-17-2008 08:26 PM 1990 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-17-2008 08:34 PM

Blake, I thought I’d drop you a line! Nice work lately, I’ve been watching from the shadows. I see your shop is improving!!!
Not a lot of time lately, trying to keep my ship afloat. thanks again for the kind words of encouragement a while back! I’ll be back…LOL

-- --Chuck

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#2 posted 10-17-2008 08:51 PM

Looking good so far. If the top comes out like the box and the legs like the sewing table, you’re gonna have quite piece there. I also love my Incra marking thingy. I also use it for measuring to 1/64”. Cool.

-- Jim

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 10-17-2008 09:00 PM

Looking forward to the big finish!

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

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#4 posted 10-17-2008 10:40 PM

Looking great Blake. A beautiful piece of mahogany.

-- 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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#5 posted 10-17-2008 10:56 PM

Sweet progress man. And congratulations on 1 year at LJ. I like how during the middle of what some consider the most stressfull part of a project the glue up, you stop take a few action shots and then calmly proceed to clamping up the work.

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#6 posted 10-17-2008 11:54 PM

Thanks for the update. I can’t wait to see the groomed cat.

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

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#7 posted 10-18-2008 12:45 AM

Two things Blake, first can you put a dado on the RAS? If so would that be a better setuo for the tenons? And, cauls from old scrap would work well for keeping the top flat during a glue up.. I usually put some plastic wrap under them so they don’t get glued…..anyway, nice work.

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#8 posted 10-18-2008 05:51 PM

Just caught up on all the blog entries…you continue to do an excellent job documenting your work!

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

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