Its been a few days since I could get back in the shop, we’ve had a patch of storms here and a couple of power outages that made me think that maybe I should look a little more at using hand tools :-)
I adapted a jig for making half laps that I saw in Popular Woodworking. It works great and I’ve made all the joints for the table top infrastructure. It was taking me longer to set the wood in the jig then it was to make the halflaps… and they all fit really well. I am definately sold on jigs. I’ll take some photos and post them later today.
Now I have to create a jig to allow me to cut the half laps for the legs but I am rethinking the 10 degree angle I figured would add stability. It makes it more difficult to make cabinets underneath. Would I lose anything by using a 90 degree angle on the legs?
I forgot to mention that the other day when I went to HD to buy the wood for the project I stumbled upon their cull pile and managed to buy 4ft pieces of 2X4 for 51 cents each, and since none of my dimensions are over 45 inches I thought this was a great deal. Apparently that weekend they were making picnic tables and were using fairly clear wood to make them and these were the cutoffs. I figure I save about 1/3 of the cost and got much nicer wood than the regular stud grade I was planning on using. Another bonus today in their discarded pallet pile was a pallet made of 1/4 inch hardboard…I figure I can recover enough of the hardboard to make a few templates.
-- "Checking for square? what madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2