Conference Table for Local Church #4: Small Tops

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 07-07-2008 02:52 AM 1176 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Inlay Test and Big Planks Planed Part 4 of Conference Table for Local Church series Part 5: More on Jointing »

Well, I haven’t been doing anything earth shattering as of late to the table. Just gluing up the small table tops and sanding them smooth and planing the bread boards. Oh, um. But it’s getting closer to getting done.

I will start working on the big table top soon. I am waiting on a couple of new tools to come in before I start this phase. I just won a Stanley No. 7 jointing plane on eBay and am waiting a few more minutes to see if I win a No. 8. I started by bidding on the No. 8 and then I found the No. 7 and the No. 7 ended first. The No. 7 is described as being manufactured somewhere between 1885 and 1888. (If you were bidding against me, sorry, but I just had to have it) I am also going to order a 144 1/2” straight edge clamp to joint the edges of the boards for the big top.

My plans are to screw two of the top boards together using cross members and leaving a space between them with a maximum of 3/8”. Then position the straight edge clamp so that my router equipped with a 1/2” spiral bit will trim both sides of the boards. I hope that any movement off straight will be mirrored on the opposite board. I hope this will form a tight joint for gluing.

This big straight edge has to come from California and the estimated shipping charge is going to be HUGE! I hope to offset this cost by also ordering a 54” and a 100” model. Maybe if one of you wants this big straight edge later, we can do some swapping business.

Oh, I mentioned in an earlier blog about draw bore tenons. Well, I found the video showing it. It’s on in the videos area under Lie-Neilsen. I hope this helps.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 03:10 AM

Sounds as if things are moving right along!

Congrats on the plane.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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