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Blog series by Dick, & Barb Cain updated 2613 days ago 14 parts 16834 reads 262 comments total

Part 1: Getting a start

2673 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 14 comments »

Well I finally got started on the project today. I dug out some Black Ash boards, & ripped , & planed 4 legs to thickness. Then I dug out some Black Walnut for the table top & aprons, & set it aside until tomorrow.

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Part 2: Take a Little Peek.

2668 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 20 comments »

I took a couple of days off, but it helped me come up with some fresh ideas. I went out to my shop this afternoon, & made a couple of Templates, one for the aprons, & one for the stretchers. Now I’m all set to make parts on the router table

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Part 3: Mortising the legs

2666 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 8 comments »

Today I cut the legs to length, & Cut the mortises for the aprons. I was setup my mortising attachment to my drill press. My Grizzley crossfeed vise was bolted to the table. I thought, why not use this when cutting the mortises. So I tried it out, & worked great. Once I got it all sqaured up, I drilled out all the mortises in no time at all. I tried making a short video. so I’ll try embed it to this Blog. I hope I can make it work. Here’s a photo of the complet...

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Part 4: The Dry Fit !

2665 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 23 comments »

Today I cut all the tenons, & dry fit the parts. “A lot more work to look forward to.” Now you can see the shape.

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Part 5: Another Wee Bit of a Peek !!

2660 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 17 comments »

Today I removed a little excess weight with my router. More to come in the future.

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Part 6: Joining the Table Top, & Shelves

2658 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 19 comments »

My Walnut board was 6 3/4” wide, but it was dished a little, so I ripped it in half, & joined it in 4 sections for the top, I also glued some Ash to the edges. The Top clamped up.Now I have to go out, & start with the breadboard ends for the Tabletop. This is one of the Shelves, using my new Irwin Clamps

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Part 7: Going for the Top !! Also pegging joints info.

2652 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 33 comments »

The last couple of days, I’ve been working on the tabletop. I mortised out the breadboards, & cut the tenons. I kind of fell for the cloud lift theme, so I incorporated into the top. You might want to call this a sideways cloud lift. I decided to try something from the latest issue of Fine Woodworking, They call it draw bored pegging on the breadboards. This is something I’ve never tried before, so we’ll see what happens. Check out my latest Video, hope you ...

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Part 8: Working my way down !!

2652 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 14 comments »

Today I cut & fitted the shelves. Dry assembled the whole table. Now I’ve got a lot of sanding, & pegging to do. This should keep me busy for awhile.

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Part 9: An Ounce of Prevention !

2650 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 7 comments »

I was going to draw bore peg the breadboard to the top today, but I had to do some fixing instead.I made the tenons the same length as the plan showed, they should have been longer, so there wasn’t enough material. I was afraid of the peg holes breaking out. You should have about 3/8”, & I only had 1/4”. To remedy this I epoxied some nails across the ends similar to the torsion bar on a guitar neck . After I was all done I thought I could have glued in a wooden...

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Part 10: Making pegs my way !

2647 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 22 comments »

Today I tried making pegs for the false shallow holes. I had alot of trouble doing it the way the plan instructed. I would get chip out when carving the facets on the plugs. I’m using Walnut, maybe Ebony wouldn’t do this because it’s more dense. So I setup my disk sander miter to 30 degrees, & sanded my 3/8” stock to a point. Then I cut to the hole depth, & tapped them in with hammer with a dab of glue. Here’s a short video of how I used my disk san...

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Part 11: A peek at the finished tabletop!

2645 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 27 comments »

I completed my draw bored pegging of the breadboards yesterday, with success. Then I applied one coat of wipe on Poly . I’m very pleased with the outcome.

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Part 12: Showing some more of my cards !

2638 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 23 comments »

I decided not to hold my cards to close to my chest, as Scott mentioned. I decided to show what I’ve been doing the last couple of days. I couldn’t resist doing some chiseling on this table. That’s the reason I did a downward cloud lift on the aprons, in order to fit in a carving. One down, three to go. This is about 4 hours of chiseling. A little more touching up, & it’ll ready for the finish.

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Part 13: Still carving away !! Getting close to the end.

2629 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 17 comments »

I now have 3 apron panels completed, so here are some pics of the progress. Things aren’t getting done as fast as I wish, but I have to take care of some spring yard chores, or else we’ll never get out to our cabin this summer. That’s the trials, and tribulations of having two places to live. Working on Hummingbird panel. There will be two Hummers, & two Roses. It got warm enough, so I was able to carve outside. I got some help from the neighbor cat. ...

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Part 14: A Video of my table entry

2613 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 18 comments »

I now have a video-cam, so I tried it out with this Video of My Table.This is a first time for me with the new camera, so I hope you’ll enjoy this.

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