Pie Crust Table

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Blog series by GaryK updated 05-16-2009 04:43 AM 11 parts 55410 reads 239 comments total

Part 1: Starting with the top.

05-01-2009 05:41 AM by GaryK | 22 comments »

Here starts something I always wanted to make. A pie crust table. This picture will give you an idea of what it will look like.. ..Now mine will have a top that looks like this one, but I plan on doing something different for the legs. I will be unique. It’s something that just came to me... Lets start with the top. I had the perfect piece of 6/4 mahogany that I have been saving for this. The problem is that it was a little too short for the diameter top I wanted to make. Here ...

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Part 2: Machining the outside edge of the top

05-02-2009 04:19 AM by GaryK | 17 comments »

In this installment I will machine the outside edge The first thing I do is break out my large circle cutting jig. It’s set to give me a 34” circle. Then I drilled a 1/4” hole 3/8” deep into the center of the top to use as a pivot point using a 1/4” dowel. (Don’t go any deeper. This will be machined out later to remove all traces of it.) After that is done I mark up the top into 8 pie sections and carry the line over the edge a little ways...While it...

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Part 3: More work on the top. (Does it ever end?)

05-04-2009 03:32 AM by GaryK | 21 comments »

I made a little progress since the last post. Remember that I had to decrease the diameter of my top by 1/4”? Well the problem was using a 1/2” diameter flush trim bit. That was a little too violent and had some chip-out , oh well. What I should have done is go back in time to this point:....Then take a couple more passes with that small bit going as deep as I could. Then just go ahead and flip the top over and use my 5/8” radius round over bit making the cut little by li...

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Part 4: Working on the inside edge

05-05-2009 09:51 PM by GaryK | 15 comments »

Now I feel like David Marks with all the templates, but it was the only way I could think of that was fool proof. By fool proof I mean that you can’t wander with the router and cut off what you didn’t want to. I needed to make three paper patterns. One for each of the cuts I will be making. Here are two of them taped to the template before cutting.......These were made from the corners of MDF like the one for the outside. I had to leave more material on the outside edge so that...

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Part 5: The edge completed!

05-06-2009 05:01 AM by GaryK | 24 comments »

It’s been nice to get the chance to work in my shop. I get 2 hours when my daughter takes her nap anda couple hours when she’s with my wife. Now the easy part. Just cutting with my templates. Here is the inside radius. Got some burn marks from where I ground the bearing off. I’ll just need to clean it up later.....The classical plunge bit.....The step cut.....And finally the outside radius.....Well, this completes the outside edge of the top, finally! It’s downhi...

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Part 6: The top is finally done!

05-10-2009 09:56 PM by GaryK | 24 comments »

I guess I used this step as a lesson to myself on how to remove a lot of material fast. Having never done anything like this before I thought I would try different methods. The first method was route channels leaving some uncut material to support the router and then use my flush cut saw to remove them. Then I thought of all the dust that would make so I tried to make a bunch of saw cuts and beat them out with a hammer. This worked very well at limiting the amount of chips.....But when I u...

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Part 7: The column

05-12-2009 10:17 PM by GaryK | 22 comments »

This is just a quick blog to show my progress so far on the base. Since very few have Legacy Mills I have forgone the process on using it for this. This is the first part where you will see that I am not making a traditional Pie Crust Table. Like I said in my previous blogs this will be different. I guess you can say that I am going for a Jacobean/Medieval look. Google some images on Jacobean to see what I mean. The Jacobean style was big into spirals.....This started out at a big piec...

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Part 8: The legs for the base

05-13-2009 07:49 PM by GaryK | 16 comments »

Well, here is the big difference from a traditional pie crust table. I like to incorporate architecture into some of my woodwork and this is an example. These legs are taken from the 12th – 13th century flying buttresses used to support the walls on old Gothic cathedrals. Here is an example from Westminster Abbey in England... ..I figured if they were good enough to hold up tons of stone, they would work here. Here is my interpretation in wood. ....It may look a little bulky an...

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Part 9: Embellishment for the legs

05-14-2009 04:25 AM by GaryK | 27 comments »

Well, this is what I came up with for embellishing the legs. Once again taking the lead from the Westminster Abbey for the finials on the legs. I chamfered the top edges of the “struts” and radiused the bottom of the curved edge.....The finials are cut from drawer pulls I found at Lowes and drilled and tapped for mounting.....I beaded the posts on all sides except where the struts attach and used a classical plunge bitin the center along the length. Again this is in the medieva...

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Part 10: Final work on the column

05-15-2009 03:19 AM by GaryK | 10 comments »

Just a quick update to show you I came up with for the column. You remember where I left off:....Joe made some suggestions I had already thought about, where I cut the column just below the narrow part and use that as a round tenon and create a round mortise and glue them together. Well, I really wanted to leave it as a solid piece so I came up with this:....The yellow piece is just there to hold up the base piece I made for the column. I may add a drop final there but I haven’t decided...

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Part 11: Woodworking Finally Complete

05-16-2009 04:43 AM by GaryK | 41 comments »

Well, It’s taken me 2 weeks to finally finish this table. It didn’t take me nearly as long as I thought it would working on it about 2-4 hours a day. About 40-45 hours total. Not a lot of commentary here since all I did was to make and attach the pivot parts. The rails under the table have slots where it touches the table top to allow for expansion . I used a solid brass 5/16” rod for the actual pivot. The pivot position worked out perfectly. When the top is “fol...

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