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Craftsman Side Table #4: Start of Assembly

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Blog entry by DanMelander posted 01-20-2016 01:59 AM 598 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I added 3/8” wide by 1/4” deep dados to the upper and lower stretchers for the slats.

I then glued in some 3/8’ plugs between the slats. After the glue dried, I trimmed the plugs off with the table saw, then sanded them flush with the horizontal belt sander. Could have used a router to trim the plugs flush too. This works better I think than mortise and tenons for the slats.

Test fit the lower shelf to check the fit. I plan to pre-finish the shelf before assembly.

Glue up of the sides

I pre-finished the slats with wipe-on poly before assembly.

Finished side assemble.

The next photo is some maple I purchased for the drawer sides. It has been sitting in a barn for many years. It is a bit funky looking, but don’t know if I should use it or not for the drawer. You never know how wood will turn out until you mill it down and discover what is inside.



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JimYoung

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 05:11 PM

Hi Dan,
Looking good so far. I like the arch and leg taper details. Very classy.

I like the idea of pre-finishing some of the small parts. How many coats do you put on, and do you rub them out? It probably helps with any squeeze out.

Keep it up,

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 07:03 PM

Hi Jim:

To prepare the wood, I sand with 120 then 220 grit sand paper with an orbital sander. I use wipe on poly, and put on four coats for the slats and legs, six coats on the lower shelf and planning to do eight coats on the table top. I use 400 grit 3-M foam sanding pad before the final coat. That seems to work well for me.

Dan

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 11:48 PM

So, you are going for a “glass smooth” top?

I’ve got 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal on my desk top, and there is just a little of the grain showing through. I’m debating on adding more coats or not.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 02:00 AM

I guess my main reason for many light coats on the top is to protect it from people putting their glass or coffee cup down on the top with out using a coaster. Another reason is to protect the top when the kiddies come over. (one great-nephew is nick-named “Bam-Bam”...for good reason haha!)

I have’t tried Arm-R-Seal yet, but I understand it is a good product.

Dan

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