First Barn Wood Project #3: Assembled the base

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Blog entry by JonSnc1 posted 08-29-2010 04:29 AM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greetings all. I assembled the base this week and took a couple pic’s. I haven’t put the top on yet, just sat the boards there to get an idea how it’d look.

I was originally going to make loose tenons for the leg to apron joints on this table, but with the twist I had in the aprons, there was really no way to use any serious joinery here, at least with my skill set. I really didn’t want to remove the material needed to correct the twist, so instead I decided to use pocket holes. I know, I know, not recommended for a table, but the aprons are wide enough that I could fit four screws per joint. I used glue, plus corner brackets bolted into the legs. I also ran a 1×4 stretcher across the middle, to act as blocking and spread the load, not to mention support for the middle of the top.

I do have a bit of a problem right now, though. Somewhere along the way I made a miscalculation and the overhang of the sides is a little more than the ends. I’m not happy with that, so… I could make the top a little narrower, but I think what I’m going to attempt first is to make “faux” breadboard ends. I’ll put one pocket per end of each board, directly in the center, hopefully avoiding movement issues down the road. We’ll see, I guess.



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#1 posted 08-29-2010 02:03 PM

great lookin table so far … the boards pine or fir? Any idea where they came from

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 04:52 PM

Thanks. The top and aprons are Southern Yellow Pine. I got them here in NC from an 1850’s barn that was torn down. The legs are white pine that I bought from an Amish shop in Pennsylvania while on vacation earlier this summer.

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