Cheap Table: finishing up the base

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-04-2013 02:52 AM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, front and back leg assemblies are out of the clamps. Need to fit a brace between the front and back apron. Since this is a Hand Tool exercise, I guess i will do it that way

First a piece of scrap needed to be cut to length. Nice Sycamore Handled Crosscut saw. Next, lay out for a Dovetail. One on each end.

I used an old router bit to mark out the dovetail shape. Then a little saw work

Then cut out the waste with a chisel. I chop down at an angle to match the shape.

Well, that took maybe 5 minutes, then i cut the rest of the dovetails. Doesn’t have to be “Perfect” just close. I then mark end end, whether it is front or back. Take it over to the base, and layout some lines.

Yes, it is the bottom of the aprons. Keeps them from spreading outward over time. Next, some chisel work.

Think of it as a three sided mortise. One done, and one to go

Time to fit the stretcher. Took very little hammer work to set them

That’s one side. Fit is strong enough, i left it in place, and fitted the other end.

I used this assembly to hold the base upright, while I glued the end aprons in place. I also added the corner blocks

You can see the top in the background. Time to champfer all the top edges. With a handplane, of course

Both ends were done first, using the two planes. Bigger one to rough it out, block plane to smooth it out. Turn it again do the other end. Sit the top out a bit, clamp it in place, and do the long bevels

I used a little longer plane for these. Still hit them with the block plane afterwards. I also tried out the Union #5A as a smoother, to smooth the top a little bit more ( I HATE knots)

Might just leave some plane marks on the top, for that “Hand-made look”. Set the top in place for now

Just to get an idea how it will look. I still had one job to do, though

Since Igor is still on strike, I get to clean up after myself. “KP” again!

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

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 03:08 AM

Looking good!!!

Ya know, I have a recently tuned block plane…
I woulda come over to help!!!

-- 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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#2 posted 02-04-2013 03:58 PM

Looking good Bandito!!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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