While I am waiting for the finish to cure on my tray project, I started my next adventure. I am building a sofa table to match, approximately, the end tables that I made last year (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22185).
I started by sketching out a design on paper with some basic measurements. Usually I get a little more detailed and do a scale drawing (I use MS powerpoint). Since I plan to match the end tables, I need a little less design detail and paper will do.
Begin with stock preparation by selecting stock and marking out rough cuts
Start by jointing one face and then one edge.
In the process of face jointing the final couple of pieces, I killed my bench top jointer. The outfeed adjust has always been loose and it slipped lower, taking a 1/8” cut rather than a 1/32” cut I started with. I got frustrated and tried to force the cut, which stripped the belt from the motor to the cutter. Dumb, dumb, dumb … frustration is always a bad idea when dealing with shop tools.
I ended up buying a free standing, second hand 6” Rigid jointer to replace it and I am amazed by what I have been missing. Much nicer to use. Expensive lesson in patience.
Having two sides prepped, I then use the planer to bring the stock to final thickness.
Next step …. veneering the top.
-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn