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Blog series by Reinan updated 01-14-2018 04:32 PM 7 parts 4010 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: Rough dimensioning, laying out top

12-28-2017 03:16 AM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Found a good deal, at least for my area on some material: 8/4 African Mahogany for $5.99/bd ft, and more curly maple at $6.50/bd ft. After the overwhelming positive response to the previous coffee table build, I decided to make another. Most of my family told me I should try and sell a few pieces to finance my hobby, and a local business that sells furniture expressed interest in my work. This time around I will be keeping track of my time so I have a better idea of what goes into it. Th...

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Part 2: Panel Glue-up

12-29-2017 06:53 PM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Got the main panel glued and in clamps this morning. I learned from some issues I dealt with on the last panel: this time I cut the matching joints with one board face up and the other face down, hopefully that will remove any saw inaccuracies and create corresponding angles in the joint. I also used the new Porter-Cable plate joiner my pop gave me for Christmas (Thanks Pop!) to better align the boards and deal with the slight bow in one of them. Seemed to help align the panels while glui...

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Part 3: Leg machining

12-30-2017 02:29 AM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Got a couple more hours in the shop this afternoon, so I started working on the legs. I machined out the intersecting mortises in the leg tops and cut the two sided taper. Then I rebated the short aprons using the same jig I made for the legs. After a short set back of cutting too deeply and having to blank a new short apron, I got the rebates cut to fit snug in the leg mortises. Some final sanding and cutting the cross lap in the aprons and it’s onto the long aprons. I will transition...

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Part 4: Main panel sanding and and machining tongues

01-04-2018 02:20 PM by Reinan | 1 comment »

Tight week for time, but managed to get some work shop time yesterday. Level sanded the maple main panel using a 4 1/2×26 belt sander for the heavy removal then finished up with a ROS to clean up and smooth things. I also machined the tongues for the breadboard ends using a pattern following bit and the corresponding mahogany blank as the pattern. I get some depth variations across the tongue, from either my ability to hold the router With the same pressure, or the pattern piece flexi...

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Part 5: Fitting and installing breadboard end

01-07-2018 01:44 PM by Reinan | 1 comment »

Made some progress last night on the top, I got one of the breadboard ends installed. Having done this once before, things seemed better and went more smoothly than the previous time. This end took me about 2 hours to fit and install. After cleaning up the tongue and drilling the holes: I used a small fine cut square file to remove the nubs left over after drilling the 2 holes for each elongated slot. Turns out I didn’t offset one hole as much as I should have and it didn’t suck the ...

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Part 6: Top edge profiling, sanding, and oil

01-10-2018 05:36 AM by Reinan | 1 comment »

Sanded the breadboards in tonight, and used a 1/8 roundover bit to break the top and bottom edges of the top panel. Then added some BLO mixed 50/50 with MS to brighten it up and show it off a little. I like the way the mahogany grain aligns with the curl in the maple and I really love the quarter-sawn curly maple on the edges.

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Part 7: Assembling base

01-14-2018 04:32 PM by Reinan | 0 comments »

Due to the 8/4 material I used for the legs, the 4/4 aprons needed to be rebated to maintain their proportion to the legs and the integrity of the leg mortises. Machining the rebates in the long aprons was part of the reason I built the miter gauge extension, the other being the notches for the cross lap between the aprons. I completed the machining after work yesterday and fit the parts together; the fitting was minor a few swipes of a chisel and light sanding and I had a good tight fit. ...

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