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Blog series by Cato updated 06-13-2012 09:44 PM 5 parts 15328 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: Cutting and milling with the new Jet and EB-3

04-28-2012 11:35 PM by Cato | 1 comment »

I started a Arts and Crafts coffee table that I saw in last month’s issue of Fine WWking. Gregory Paolini has a series of videos on the Fine Wwking site on building the table. This works out nicely for me as it is a wedding present for my daughter and son in law who got married last weekend. The table will be Mahogany with Walnut legs and breadboard ends. Today I cut and milled the 8/4 walnut legs and the 4/4 mahogany for the stretchers and rails. Been suffering through a co...

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Part 2: Mortise and Tenon cutting and fitting

05-05-2012 11:50 PM by Cato | 0 comments »

I was not able to work on this project last weekend as it was a yard and garden work weekend. Today though I got back into the shop and began cutting the mortise and tenon joinery for the table base. I used my little woodpeckers rule stop to mark out the mortises and really like this little tool. I cut the mortises first with my plunge router and guide using a 1/4 inch upspiral bit. It did take me awhile to cut the mortises for the upper and lower rails, but everything I do in woo...

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Part 3: Thru tenons for table shelf

05-13-2012 09:47 PM by Cato | 0 comments »

So worked in the yard this weekend while the weather was cool, but did get a little shop time in both days. Saturday laid out the cuts for the thru tenons for the shelf on the coffee table. First time I have cut a thru tenon for a project. Wasn’t too bad really, the most important aspect was using a common reference side so that the router cuts on both sides would meet. I used my plunge router base for the PC690 and the router guide. Using a 1/2 inch bit I cut a little over hal...

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Part 4: Its all starting to come together- despite a few goofs

06-07-2012 01:59 AM by Cato | 1 comment »

Finally have gotten back into the shop and out of the garden tasks for a few days anyway. So after dry fitting the coffee table base and cutting the mortise for the shelf, I milled and glued up the shelf and cut the through tenons and fit them. Now I have milled the walnut for the table top and also the mahogany bread board ends. I had some trouble with the tenons for the bread board ends, and if I ever build another I will go with a thicker tenon than the 1/4 inch one the plans cal...

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Part 5: Closing in on the finish line

06-13-2012 09:44 PM by Cato | 2 comments »

An apt title as I have had some time recently to sand and apply finish to this Arts and Crafts design coffee table. I had to tape off and finish the walnut legs separately from the rest of the mahogany base components. I kind of like doing that anyway as it saves from getting runs and drips in the corners and other hard to reach areas. I used a 50/50 dye mixture of Transtint Red Mahogany and Vintage Brown Maple. The combo worked well for the mahogany and also for the walnut. Next time I...

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