Trying to build a cheap table

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-30-2013 02:27 AM 1758 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have some reclaimed boards, including some rclaimed waterbed frames. Daughter wanted a small “Dinette” Table built.

Got one plank up onto the “bench” I now have. i needed to flatten it down, and then rip some leg stock out of it.

a cambered iron jackplane took care of all the weather stuff, then a few other planes to smooth the plank out. Laid out for the first blank

That is the plank. i had a “new” saw to do the rip cuts with

I figured i could get all four legs out of that plank. The last cut, well, i had a pair of screws going through the waste part, because the was about 1/2” of wood left after all the cuts.

Front two legs were to get two sides tapered. From about 7” from the top, the taper goes from 1-3/8” down to 1” at the bottom. No tablesaw, bandsaw won’t work. Guess it is time for some plane work, again.

My “Straightedge”. After getting rid of any saw marks, and other dippity dos, I laid out the taper. Next, starting at the foot of the leg, and working my way back up the leg, a taper soon appeared.

One final pass, and the taper is smooth as can be, no sanding needed.

Ok, after all the tapering was done, and the other two (back legs) were cleaned up, time for the aprons. I had some old Oak/ash sort of boards. Matched the legs, anyway. Started by cutting them to length

Laid out some curves

And cut them out with a Sabresaw

That “benchtop” is actually the table’s top. I had those Watrebed frames, and used one of the long sides. Cut into two 36” slabs, glued up, and then handplaned smooth. It will serve as a bench until I get things done.

Next, needed some tenons cut on them aprons. Again, no tablesaw to make them nice and quick. So, Old School Time. Lay out some tools

Laid out the tenon

Sawed the tenon

Used a chisel to”pop” off the waste

Repeat as needed until all the aprons are done

Next up Some mortises need chopped out. Base needs to be glued up. corner braces need cut, and installed, and THEN maybe get the top on? Total out of pocket, so far? $0.00 Love it.

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

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 02:38 AM

You hand tool wizards just amaze me!

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

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 02:47 AM

Very cool, Bandit!

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

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 02:55 AM

Amazing what happens when there is no big machines to do the work, ain’t it?

Wizard is it now? Nah, just keeping my hands busy. Therapy so I can get back to my “Day Job”.

Give me a few more days, i might have this done….

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

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 03:02 AM

Good progress.

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 01:33 PM

Looking good, Bandit!

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 02:33 PM

Two questions:

How much noise does picture number one make and where is the cord?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 03:11 PM

CHEAP, is NO way to describe your table!!! That is a quality hand crafted piece. Great start! Looking forward to the project posting!!!

Inexpensive, free & “value made” are exceptable terms!
Now then, if we are talking about you…....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 01-30-2013 03:12 PM

Nice going, bandit. Hand tools in the right hands can always work wonders.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 01-30-2013 05:04 PM

Dallas: Q#1 Kind of makes “schweeesh” noise.

Q#2 Cord? I KNEW I was missing something! Must be one of them new-fangled “cordless” models. ;-))

Thanks for looking in on my little project.

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

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