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Pine Table Project #3: Some assembly required..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-30-2017 05:17 AM 511 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Rest of the legs and some aprons Part 3 of Pine Table Project series Part 4: Catching up, and a drawer made »

Well, the cussing has begun…...

Decided to mill a few tenons on the ends of the aprons…..Discovered I NEED the spur installed as soon as it gets here on my Stanley #45…..as I “Fired” the Wards #78 today. First off, I laid out for a tenon

Didn’t want a tenon the full width of the 1×6, so..

Cut off a 3/4” x 3/4” square on each corner. At least there is less to work on….Got the Stanley made Wards #78 out of storage and started setting it up

Rotated the spur down, without losing the bolt…..going across the grain, it is needed..

Installed the depth stop at 1/4” cut depth….in theory….

Installed the fence for a 3/4” wide cut…..meh….

Could not get the fence to stay put, and the depth stop..didn’t. Fired the plane, and put it away….used a shoulder plane to at least salvage what I could…

But it was cutting a bit too well, made things worse….tried the old saw and chisel routine, with the shoulder plane cleaning up…nope..wound up trashing one of the long aprons….recut another blank….

Then, got a bit smarter. Walked around to the mitre box, with an apron in hand. Already marked as to where to cut and how deep. Used the saw to cut down to the stop lines…..and moved the mitre box’s depth stops up, until they hit the guides, and then the guides hit the saw’s spine. Front and back were set…..was a lot easier to saw the cuts to the marks. Clamp the sawn apron to the bench, and just a sharp chisel to remove the waste…..

Aprons looked kind of…plain, set up the Stanley 45’s fence into the upper holes, and moved the fence in until it was almost under the bead cutter..

Jigged the apron to the bench, and ploughed a bead along the bottom edge..

Left the 45 set up like that, for later….

Next a little mortise work, once the aprons were out of the way, clamped one leg to the bench

Figured out which apron to use, and laid out a few lines…

Then the usual suspects went to work. A 1/4” mortise chisel, a 1” wide chisel, a square to check depth. and a special little chisel. Got close to the depth needed, at least so a dry fit could be done..

Note the fancy chisel laying there. An old brake adjuster tool, turned into a gooseneck chisel, to clean out the bottoms of the mortises. After figuring out which leg came next, mainly the one for the other end of this apron…

Got that mortise done and fitted, then some clamps, and Elmer’s..

Figured I could call it a day…...not, I snuck back down to the shop, removed the clamps, and started to set the assembly aside…...remembered that Stanley 45…....and did a little more work with that plane…..
I also thought I’d lay out for the next mortise…wound up chopping that one out and fitted up, and then laid out the fourth mortise,,but THEN called it a night. Don’t want to press me luck too far

Stay tuned, will have a bit of a surprise later….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use



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#1 posted 03-30-2017 11:01 AM

Lookin’ good, Bandit. The bead at the bottom of the apron is a nice touch. The tenons were a trial by fire, no?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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