Well, unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of content to go through for this step since it is pretty much doing the same thing over and over again. I marked out on the legs where I want the rails to go. I had to alter some measurements from the plans since the rails are now 3.5” instead of 4” wide. I wanted to get all of the front and side pieces out of the same board and this was the price I paid. No biggie, will look about the same in the end.
So the lines were all laid out, I decided to dowel all the rails into the legs since I am on a slight time crunch. Mortise and tenons would have taken too long, so this seems to be a strong, good looking, and quicker alternative.
I go my self centering dowel jig from Grizzly (birthday gift) and it is turning out to be quite a help! Compared to some other doweling jig prices, this one was pretty good at around $30-$50.
Here is a picture of the pieces marked and ready for dowels. Sorry, but you can’t really see any layout lines…
I have 5 rails that wrap around all four sides. Two dowels to each side of the rail. And two drilled holes for each dowel. That means I have to drill 160 holes for 80 dowels. A snapshot of me doing one of the 180 holes that need to be drilled…. I look so enthused…
I got the front legs and the front rails all drilled out. Time for a dry fit!!!
It was surprisingly difficult to line up 10 dowels into 10 holes on each side, so one side only has 1 dowel per rail in it for now. When I glue up I think I will do it one side at a time, too much difficulty during a glue up is unneeded stress. I don’t do stress. (notice the lovely rust-colored freezer behind the dry fit)
The fit was pretty good, I have to cut the dowels a little shorter because I didn’t figure in the fact that the drill bit is tapered at the tip. I set the depth to 1/2” but the actual depth without the taper is closer to 1/4”-3/8”. Oh well, easy fix. The picture also has mineral spirits on it to get a small idea of what the finish will look like.
Speaking of finish, I bought some Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) today at work. I’ve never used it so I’ll have to try some samples. Any recommendations on the finish??! I thought BLO with shellac but I can’t do that since this table might be near alcohol (shellac=alcohol based, bad to spill booze on it). So perhaps a BLO with a couple wipe downs of Poly and Mineral Spirits mix.
Next up… Hopefully no more drilling… Some band sawing for shapes, some template routing with a flush trim bit and an immense amount of card scraping. (oh joy)
-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17