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Refurb, Table for a Desk #3: Time to Make Sawdust

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-01-2013 02:45 AM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Materials At Hand Part 3 of Refurb, Table for a Desk series Part 4: With a Foot to Boot »

The width of this table needs to be brought into line with the Lincoln topper if it is to become more of a desk-like object, so it’s time to cut the aprons. One thing I did notice througout the following steps was an overall difficulty clamping this four-legged beast to/on the bench for work. But I got it.

First cut!

Second went the same, and I had an end removed!

So it was onto the plan for removing the bum leg from the remaining assembly so it could be worked via lathe tricks. Well, it didn’t go to plan. Try as I might, with pressure and percussion and endless wiggling, neither glued M&T joint would come loose at the top of the bum leg. And boy did I try. Even tried heat, thinking hide glue would soften. But as I’d find out later, the mortices were 5/4” deep and not glue-starved… no way these legs are coming apart. The leg challenge was dropped, then, in favor of cleaning out the mortices of the end piece; I have to get those ready for new joinery.

Then off to the RAS to cut the apron to length. Oh, I measured and marked for length beforehand.

Now mark and cut tenons at the ends of each apron (again, work holding was interesting). I used the Geo. Bishop adjustable saw for the face cuts.

With all test fitting done and glue-up emminent, my thoughts went back to the bum leg and I devised a plan: a poplar sandwich. Good, clean poplar is hard to find in my shop but I sourced some from the Hoosier Top and was in business. First, I cut a single extension of good material from the bottom of the leg,

measured and marked it to a piece of poplar that was then planed to the thickness of said extension.

I brushed glue on all surfaces and clamped it up!

Everything was aligned, with butt joints tapped tight, and ready for an extended cure, and that was on-tap at the same time* I finished glue-up of newly sized desk!

One diagonally-set clamp pulled it into square.

Next time I’ll cut the top and work on shaping the poplar boot to something that closely resembles (I hope) the remaining three legs. Thanks for looking!

  • Edit: The ‘boot’ was glued up and clamped several hours before the frame was clamped up, which made the assy strong enough to handle a quick cut to rough length at the RAS. With out that trim job the table wouldn’t stand up because the boot was so long. The last pic shows the trimmed boot out. FYI.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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CL810

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 03:15 AM

Smithy – some serious hand skills on display – the tenons look great.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 09:38 AM

Smitty great to see this in progress
I don’t think I would be brave enough to post some of my restorations
especially not to the customer I think they would cry :)
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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stefang

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 10:26 AM

Impressive handwork, It looks like a fun project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 11:34 AM

Thanks, Gents. It’s simple stuff, and progress is good. So much ‘life’ happening outside of the shop that a little distraction like this is all I can handle. Cross your fingers re: shaping the boot. Mybe the rasp work on saw handle refurbs will provide the foundation for shaping wood I need.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Brad

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 01:41 PM

Wow Smitty. The project is shaping up nicely. I’m impressed with how clean your joinery is. Oh, and the hey, let’s cut this table down to size, lackadaisical attitude toward a project that I would spend weeks planning for and figuring out the details of like it was some NASA deep space mission…

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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terryR

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 02:10 PM

Love it, Smitty! Keep it up…

I love how difficult the M/T joint was to dis-assemble…that’s why we use ‘em, huh?

New leg looks great!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Mauricio

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#7 posted 05-01-2013 07:59 PM

Wow that first picture really provokes some emotion! That big saw ripping through that apron.

So why not turn the leg to match prior to gluing it back together?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 08:17 PM

Second picture, Maur. Leg isn’t free from the small apron, so there isn’t ‘turning’ to be had. To the contrary, it’s rasping work that has to be done…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 05-01-2013 08:27 PM

oh wow, so your just going to carve it huh? Good luck with that. Was it your mother in law who always said “you really know how to frustrate yourself dont you” LOL.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 05-01-2013 08:29 PM

So far, so good.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 05-01-2013 08:30 PM

My hats off to you sir. I never doubted you for a minute.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 05-01-2013 08:34 PM

I need to find the center on the bottom, that’s got me stumped at the moment, but I’ll come up with something…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 05-01-2013 10:28 PM

Next installment is up.

http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/35840

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dave

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#14 posted 05-05-2013 01:52 AM

WOW what skill.
Smitty I still find my self looking at all the tools laying around.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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AnthonyReed

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#15 posted 05-05-2013 02:41 AM

“It’s simple stuff,...” – <sigh>. You make it look that way, yes.

Great to see that the George Bishop saw gets so much use around your shop. Proving it is not just a novelty item.

Under your stair saw, is that paraffin/wax on its own dedicated shelf?

Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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