Sunday evening and it’s time to blog about the weekend in the shop.
First on the agenda was to move the big tools around to make room to make a 54” by 144” table top in a two-car garage.
Went to the blue box store and picked up a couple of 2×6 x 12’s and three sheets of 5/8 particleboard.
I extended my workbench to be 4 foot by 12 foot. Works great!
I took all of the 1×12’s out of the dinning room and straightened and made both edges parallel using the big straightedge and a circular saw.
The boards were fairly straight…
...but not quite. This photo is from the middle of the board before jointing.
I attached the two boards to 2 by’s with drywall screws and spaced them apart 3/8” apart using a brass set up bar.
I clamped the aluminum straightedge to the assembly.
With a 1/2” upcut spiral bit chucked into the router, I made sure that the bit would be cutting around 1/16” off both boards at the same time.
After attaching a clamp and block in the middle of the straightedge to prevent flexing, I am ready for the jointing cut.
I unscrewed the outside board and moved it close to the other board to test the fit. You be the judge. It is really tight all the way down the board. Here’s the same place as above after the cut.
A small amount of clamp pressure closed up the joints tight.
I cut biscuit slots every 12 inches down the board and glued them using Gorilla Glue and a light spray of water. I applied clamps every 18 inches and let it dry.
Now, that’s one big panel glue up!
Next, I will be putting on the breadboards. Since the lumber is 124 inches long and after some trimming, it will only be 118 inches long. I will have to make the breadboards 13 inches wide to make the table the final length of 144 inches.
-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.