We’ve been using the new top on top of our old table until I can finish the base. Over the last few months, the top has warped a bit, and was obviously out of alignment with the breadboard ends. While watching an old New Yankee Workshop online, I realized one of the things I did to cause this. I selected the boards for their aesthetic value, trying to match the grain to make it look like one solid piece of wood 38” wide. I neglected to alternate the boards’ growth rings, a basic woodworking rule that Norm has pounded into my brain over twenty years.
Considerably disappointed in myself, especially since my woodworking father-in-law was just visiting, I was shamed into installing table top alignment pins for the leaves. I built a small jig to drill the holes straight into the edges, at the same height, depth, and distance from the edge. This allowed the pins to line up nicely when I slid the table together. It also forced the top back into alignment with the ends. It’s not as perfect as if I’d splined the pieced permanently together, like I accidentally started to do, but it’s only 1/32” off here and there. If I ever have to refinish the top, I’ll sand the whole thing flush.
I jokingly told Kim that I’m going to buy a ping pong kit for the new table. Not an overly interesting blog post, because I’ve had very little time in the shop recently, but I hope to make some progress soon. I’m trying to figure out how to cut apart my table legs and redo the lock miter joint without risking kickback. I may have to hand saw them apart. I’m also thinking about putting the blade at a 45 degree, with the fence right next to it and cutting the corners that way. I definitely don’t want to put the fence on the other side of the 45 and push the legs past. The safety gear won’t help much while cutting a 45. Thoughts?
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails