Upping the game with a new card table! #1: the curved skirt

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Blog entry by Builder_Bob posted 04-21-2010 09:56 PM 2367 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The original plan calls for a curved skirt along the entire edge of the semicircular table, with complex joints for the front legs and the swinging leg in the back (and a custom made wooden hinge!).

I don’t have the talent for that, so I’m going to make each section into a separate piece, and join them all with pocket screws. Each section will mount to the top with pocket screws and they will connect to each other and any extra support pieces that are required with pocket screws.

In fact, I don’t plan to use any glue when placing the subassembiles. So, is this cheating? Will it be too weak? Will it fall apart when the seasons change? I don’t know. I wish I had the time and talent to build this with proper joinery, but I don’t.

I built up the curved sections from multiple curved pieces of 3/4” lumber. Each curved piece is cut from a stock pine board, and layered up “brick syle” with non-overlapping seams to form one third of the skirt. The finished skirt height is (5×3/4”) 3 3/4 inches high, a bit shorter than the original.

We start with a layout of the whole table, the semicircle, the two front legs at 60 degree spacing, and the skirt position. I made an MDF template for a section of skirt.

Three sections fit tightly on standard 6 inch lumber

Rough cut them on the bandsaw

Screw the template on to a section.

Clean them up on the router table with a straight bearing guided bit.

Next – gluing up the curved sections..

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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