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Farmhouse Table w_Buffet #4: Buffet Framework

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-23-2015 03:28 AM 1818 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Table Aprons Part 4 of Farmhouse Table w_Buffet series Part 5: Table, Buffet Tops »

Simple enough here, right? Duplicate the look and feel of the aprons on the Farmhouse Table, but at the size and scale suited to a buffet with drawers.

Whereas the table needed 2×4s for apron material, a buffet needs more height for drawers but less width of stock overall. I took the biggest clue from the squared-off stock at the top of the turned legs; it was that dimension setting the height of the casework and nothing else. So with a 3/4” undercap taken into account, I needed good 1×8 stock. Off to the lumberyard, then!

Okay, maybe I’m not that far out in the sticks. But I did have to shop for material!

Anyway, had to do a slight rip of the 1x stock at the table saw. Because both edges will either butt up to the table top or be sandwiched to the undercap, the boards were good ‘straight from the saw.’ For the mortises on each leg, I used the Steel City hollow chisel mortiser.

And the RAS to cut tenons on the 1×8 apron material, a couple of which needed tweeking with the #92 shoulder plane.

The front of the table needs some kind of framework that gets me three drawers in this piece. And while I wasn’t completely sure of the entire subassembly, I did know the solution would involve a couple dovetail keys at the tops of each front leg. It’s something also picked up from Robert Wearing, and I used it the first time ever (and last time, as it figures) on the Mission Style Nightstand project.

A measurement of the back apron reveal told me the dimension of the front key board, less dovetails of course. Some cutting at the bench and on the legs got me this:

From there it was a relatively simple series of steps to add three defined outlines for the drawers, keeping these frames set back from the fronts of the legs as the aprons are. I think the drawers will be slightly inset from there, but that’s getting just a bit ahead of myself. Here’s the assembly I came up with, and it fits nicely. Oh, and ignore the top that’s in the picture, that’s another installment.

I’ll be able to drive a few screws into the top, through the key board, making everything nice and tight. I will not be adding screws to the length of the back side, to allow for movement across the grain of the top. The ends will be screwed via elongated holes in ‘screwstrips’ fastened to the side aprons. In other words, fixed in place on three sides. With a top that’s 1 1/2” thick, it should work fine. Here’s a pic of said ‘strip’ on the buffett table as it was being glued in place:

There’s also the under strip visible on that end cap pic!

So take a look again at the image of the table with frame in place. It was clamped in place, and will stay t hat way until it’s all pieced together with lower frame, shelf and top. Now to work those tops for each of these frames, and design that lower shelf… How those things come together are topics for future installments, so until then thanks for looking!

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



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Pat3

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 03:57 AM

Making great progress.
I like using the dovetail keys as well, I will be cutting a couple in the next day or two for a Shaker End Table I am building.
Keep up the good work.

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#2 posted 04-23-2015 04:01 AM

Thanks, Pat! Gonna share your end table build somewhere? I’d like to see that bench of yours in action.

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

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 06:30 AM

Progress is looking good!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 06:31 AM

No, I did not think about doing that. Spent the afternoon cutting the boards to size, so next step is to start on the joinery. Here is a pic of all the wood after cutting today using handsaw and mostly the tablesaw:

You can still see the battens in place, needed to flatten the board for the legs. I will use them again tomorrow when flattening the two pieces on the left, that will be glued up for the top.

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 12:13 PM

Looks good Smitty, but the Steel City took the whole thing out of galootville.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 12:28 PM

No apologies, Don!

And it’s only one picture, so maybe just skip that part of the blog. :-)

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

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#7 posted 04-23-2015 01:15 PM

very nice, Smitty!
hey, I shop at a lumber yard like your photo!

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

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#8 posted 04-23-2015 02:20 PM

This is looking really great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 04-23-2015 03:55 PM

I like that I sometimes have to read a paragraph twice in order to get my head around what you’re describing/performing. Fun stuff. Learning lots. Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 04-23-2015 09:59 PM

Moving right along Smitty. Looking good!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#11 posted 04-24-2015 12:10 AM

Look’n good, Smitty!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 04-24-2015 12:14 AM

True confession: pics slim to this point, but will pick up. Didn’t believe I’d be blogging it vs. just a project post.

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

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#13 posted 04-24-2015 03:18 PM

Looks good Smitty.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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