Custom Coffee Table (wedding present) #2: Side frames almost complete

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Blog entry by JasonD posted 04-03-2011 02:50 AM 1905 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Intro + First side frame joinery complete Part 2 of Custom Coffee Table (wedding present) series Part 3: Both side frames complete »

Still trying to work around my injured shoulder, I was able to get the first side frame completed (with the exception of the relief carving) and get everything on the 2nd side frame done except the raised panel and the grooves / dados it’s going to sit in. I learned a lot today in making the first raised panel and should have the 2nd one finished tomorrow.

To make the raised panel:
- used a marking gauge to mark the size of the rabbets on the outside face, edges, and ends.
- cut the rabbets with a paring chisel
- marked the top of the face’s bevel with a pencil and combination square
- cut the bevels using a block plane (ends first, then edges)

To make the grooves / dados:
- marked the groove / dado width out using a marking gauge set off of the rabbets
- chopped / pared the groove out using a 1/8” chisel

After the panel was finished, I cut the decorative elements into the stretchers. I’m waiting until the entire frame is completed before I cut the decorative elements into the legs since I still need them to be square for marking off the inside mortises and dovetail sockets.

To cut the negative pyramid shape in the bottom stretcher, I first cut down the vertical lines with a crosscut panel saw. Then, I used a coping saw to cut the bulk of the waste up. I cleaned it up with a paring chisel, rasp, and file; including adding a chamfer along the bottom.

After that, I used my shop-made scratch stock to cut a bead into the top of the bottom stretcher and bottom of the top stretcher. I marked out the design for the relief carving and put everything back together for another dry fit.

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 03:44 AM

Looking good. I like the methodical approach you take. Keep it up.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 05:21 PM

Looking foward to seeing the progress

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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