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A new dining room set for my wife! #32: Starting on the top

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 1174 days ago 1376 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: These are some big thick legs! Part 32 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 33: Gluing up the top! »

Well, I got the legs almost done. I might put another coat of poly on them and I might not. All I have left to do is to cut them to length, but I’ll wait until I make the decision about the finish. Anyway here they are.

I am building the top in 4 sections. The matching ends and the leaves to insert to make the table longer.
The ends are going to be a final dimension of 42” wide by 30” long. This will yield a table 60” by 42” wide.
The two leaves will each be 12” which when inserted will make it either 72” or 84” long.

Here I am getting ready to glue the two 1/2” thick parts together. I will be using a vacuum press to do this to get even pressure, especially in the middle. I left the parts 1/2” long in both directions so that I can clean them up after they are glued.

I will also add a 1 1/2” solid wood border all the way around the circumference. Here are the 2 end parts.

I am using Karson’s trick to keep the pieces lined up for gluing by adding dowels on opposite corners.

Next time Everything should be all glued up and ready for veneering. I just have to make a final decision on exactly what I will do.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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patron

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#1 posted 1174 days ago

and the beat goes on

great progress

hadn’t seen the karson trick yet

good one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Karson

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#2 posted 1174 days ago

Great start on the top gary. It’s going to be very nice.

David It’s put a dowel through each end and then the pieces can’t shift when you glue them. They do this at the Window and Door company. They glue 4-5 pieces together and the press is blind once you put them in, you can’t see if they move. So this is to keep them aligned when you are moving them around and putting them in the press.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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shopsmithpoppi

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#3 posted 1174 days ago

I would like to know if you made your vacuum press your self or if it is store bought. Also it looks awesome so far keep up the great work.

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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fernandoindia

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#4 posted 1174 days ago

Yes, great progress Gary.

And This blog is a illustrated pedia.

Nice legs (the table’s ones!! )

-- Back home. Fernando

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 1173 days ago

... as the World turns…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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lanwater

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#6 posted 1173 days ago

That’s a neat trick. Thanks to Karson and to you Gary for mentioning it.
I suffered during ply glue up for my router table and side table tops.

Those legs looks great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#7 posted 1173 days ago

looking great, thanks for all of your hard work on this blog and the tips you have shared along the way.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1173 days ago

Looks good, Gary.

Lee

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bigike

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#9 posted 1173 days ago

Those legs look saweeeeeeeeeeeeeet with the finish on them.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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mtkate

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#10 posted 1172 days ago

Good looking legs, if I may say so…

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