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Dining table inspired by the Greene & Greene Thorsen table #14: Assembling the Leave Edges

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 06-05-2017 02:47 AM 2204 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the table ends are assembled, I have all the final dimensions needed to finish the leaves. By waiting until the table ends are completed, I can adjust the size of the leaves as needed to match the ends exactly.

I start by sizing the inner cores. After striking a cut line square to the edge, I clamp a waste piece to the leave to prevent blow out.

I carefully line up a straight reference edge to route the end of the leave straight.

The finished cuts are clean and tear-out free using a 3/4” diameter pattern router bit. The cores are now ready to attach the edge trim pieces.

After applying a bead of glue, I use a strap clamp to hold the edge trim pieces in place. Two scraps of ash with an offset step make setting the reveal on the top quick and foolproof. I finish up by driving some screws to fasten.

I arrange the leaves in order and wait for the glue to dry.

The veneer is slip matched and the edge trim pieces are in sequence so the grain flows uninterrupted from one leave to the next.

Next step is to trim the long edges of the leaves, cut the slots for the splines on the leaves and table ends and break the hard edges with a round over bit.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"



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EarlS

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 08:45 PM

I had to back and re-read a couple of times before I realized the screws went into the square holes and slots. It’s Monday so I’m a bit slow.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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TungOil

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 11:24 PM

Good point Earl, I should have been more clear about the screw locations. Each end piece is held on with three screws, driven in from the edge. There is one behind the center square plug and one behind each slot on the end.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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Greg Gimbel

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#3 posted 06-07-2017 12:36 AM

Cant wait to see it with a finish

-- Greg Gimbel, Rifle, Colorado, roaringforkcustombilliards.com

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 06-07-2017 04:22 PM

You’re making some good progress—I can’t wait to see the finished project!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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TungOil

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#5 posted 06-09-2017 02:26 AM

I have been playing with finish options over the past few weeks. I made up three sample boards from cut-off’s. Each was stained on the right side using General Finish water based dye, the left side is unstained. Top coats tested are Minwax satin wiping poly, Arm-R-Seal satin and Waterlox. So far I’m liking the stained Arm-R-Seal sample the best. So, I expect it will look a lot like the dark sample on the right.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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