Drop Leaf Table

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Blog entry by SuburbanDon posted 02-15-2012 04:37 PM 7815 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a (commissioned) copy of a table we have that belonged to my wife’s grandfather. He taught wood shop in high school. This was a big challenge for me. I learned one important thing:

- Make a template and route any curved surfaces. Hand sanding to clean up the contours just didn’t turn out very well. But my worry is, will I be able to make a curved template any better ?

My biggest disappointment was the gaps in many of the joints. I used a commercial tenoning jig and tried to clean them up with a sharp chisel. This helped but not enough. I guess practice is the answer.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 02:01 AM

Methinks you are being overly hard on yourself. That table looks great! You either did a great job or camo’d your mistakes with your photographic skills.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 11:33 AM

Still you did a great work!!!
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#4 posted 09-11-2012 04:10 AM


If its any consolation I dont think I have ever made any item of woodwork that I didnt make a mistake on somewhere.

Your table look just fine,I am currently working on a drop side with Butler Tray hinges and even as we speak I am working on the template its harder than doing the actual job. I thought I may have found a solution had you used them, but they go the opposite way.
Keep up the good work.

Regards Robert

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#5 posted 09-11-2012 01:30 PM

Thanks Robert. I’ve discovered lately that it really comes down to fundamentals; solid design, proper wood preparation, and accurate cutting. I have tended to fall down on these and then it’s patch patch patch as I go.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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