My maple coffee table #3: Woodworking has started.

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Blog entry by DrewM posted 07-03-2010 09:50 PM 1808 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Design change, Thanks for the help! Part 3 of My maple coffee table series Part 4: Update on my progress »

Got up early this morning and headed over to the lumber yard to pick out the lumber for the coffee table. I picked up two 4/4 6” x 14’ rgh maple and one 4/4 6” x 16’ rgh maple. I also got a 8/4 7” x 4’ piece of maple for the legs. I decided against using figured maple for my top since I had concerns on making the figure match up after milling. Here is a picture of the boards right after I got them in the shop.

I cut down the boards to make the pieces for the top, long and short aprons, and legs. I then ran all the pieces through the jointer to get one face flat and a square edge. After that I squared the opposite edges with the table saw. (really need to get a new blade for it, the factory rigid 40 tooth isn’t the best with maple) I also ran the top pieces through the planer to mill them down to 3/4”. Here two pictures after some milling.

Since I was feeling productive today I glued up the pieces for the top. I made another design change in the size of the top. I milled enough pieces to make a 27” x 44” top and found a width of 21” to be much better looking in proportions. I really like these Bessey K-Body REVO clamps. They made glue-up of the top very easy.

After the glue dried I squared the ends, cleaned up the glue lines and started sanding the top. And this is where I ended my day in the shop. I’m very happy with my progress with the table today.

-- Drew, Delaware

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 10:35 PM

Nice job! I would be happy too. Looking forward to the completed project but also love the process.


-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 11:18 PM

have to say nice workshop I love the start of a project when u get all the timber in cant wait to see it taking shape

-- A. Molloy

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 12:28 AM

Nice table top. I hear you about the blade and maple. I had to go out and get new blades for both the table saw and the miter saw after using the “factory default” ones on maple. I save the crappier blades for pine now.

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 07:49 AM

looking forward to see the table.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 01:03 PM

I agree with mtkste. Crappy blaeds the ones that come with the saws. I purchased new freud blades for my tablesaw..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 03:51 PM

Yeah I’ve had my eye on a Freud 40 tooth combination blade but just haven’t gotten around to getting one yet. I’m glad I made the top before the base since this allows me to change the overall dimensions of the table without any huge effort. It’s going to be a few days before I get back into the shop, but my next task is to finish milling the legs and aprons. I also may start on the floating mortises for the base.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 12:17 AM

Nice job, Drew.

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