Today I took the 6/4 lumber parts that I had initially milled to rough dimensions so I could finish the milling process by cutting them to final lengths and widths. I left approximately a 1/16” in their widths from the table saw cuts so I could use my bench planes to remove the blade burns and saw marks. I also smoothly removed the surface’s planer marks from all flat surfaces.
For the two batten parts that call for 5/8” thick timber I chose to resaw the 1 inch thick board on my table saw instead of passing it through my planer. Resawing the board left me with a 1/8 thick veneer piece that I can use later on something else. I hand planed the resawn batten parts flat and smooth to its final thickness of 5/8 inches; first with my #6 and then my #4 bench planes.
Hey Art, I haved given below an image of these parts stickered on my assembly table. They will be ready to mark for mortise and tenon joinery.
My plan for tomorrow will be first to make long enough clamping cauls to make sure the glue up of my table top will be flat across its surface. The Bowclamp cauls I purchased early on in my woodworking days are too short for use on this table top. I will make the new ones myself from scrap maple I have in my shop. These clamping cauls will look similar to the sketch below that I found on the Internet. Maybe I should search here on Lumberjocks to see what other woodworkers have made for clamping cauls.
I might as well make three or four cauls since I believe making several tables will be in my future.
-- --- Happy Howie