Once the piece was set and assembled, the clamps were removed and some cleanup was possible. I took the opportunity to use one of my granddad’s tricks on these mitered corners that I’ll recap.
This piece isn’t exactly fine furniture, with nails and mitered corners, but hey, it’s what it is. With the clamps removed, here was a typical corner:
Now, I’m sure others have done this, but to me it was a trick shown to me about thirty+ years ago on dressing corners that may be slightly out of whack. It consists of taps with a hammer to either side of the opening, to press the thinnest extremes of wood towards the open gap. Then a series of taps on the corner, slightly askew, to close it up further.
Some sanding, and here’s the result.
And that’s close enough for rock and roll on this piece, for sure.
Next task was shortening the drawer runners that had been removed earlier. Fortunately the drawer itself was not too long for the revised depth / didn’t need rebuilding as well. Shortening the runners was no big trick…
So I marked them…
And snuck up on the cuts ‘til they fit was just right. Some finish nails and all was back to normal re: drawer.
Next, I turned my attention to the marble top. My LJ Buddy Maur just finished and posted a marble entry table and talked in his writeup about fixing blocks to the underside of the top to keep it from sliding around on the base of his table in use. Well, I need to do that, right? First time for everything, so I turned the table and top upside down to see what could be done.
I marked the location where a couple of simple, long shims would do the job. Those were cut from some walnut scrap and they were stuck in place with contact cement. Here’s proof:
With those in place under a heavy top, we have a top that doesn’t slide around at all. Huzzah!
And because this segment is already getting long, I’ll say ‘until later, for more,’ and thanks for looking!
But I said there’d be marble cutting, didn’t I? Okay, then let’s cover that. On a whim, I took a few swipes at the edge of some junk cutoffs from this project and it cut. So I pulled the cutoff with an actual ogee corner and decided IF I could cut it to fit, there’d maybe be something unique in the offing for this table. 20 minute later, the hacksaw was the hero.
I jointed the new edge with a course-ish file and all was good.
What’s the piece destined to become? Here’s what I’m thinking…
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