Dining Room Table...BY Suppertime?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-07-2013 01:21 AM 1422 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yup. had a pair of legs already tapered on two sides. Got the other two legs done by noonish. Tapered with handplanes only, mind you. Set up a “work space” such as i have.

A washer & dryer served as a staging area

And laid out a few toys, er tools.

That little piece of paper? THAT is all the “plans” I had, just the measurements for the aprons. Made tenons on one of the short aprons ( 24-1/2” long 1×4) so I would have a pattern fot the mortises in the legs. laid out the lines

And chopped down a starter hole/stop hole. Next a saw

Long ago, I gave up on that little piece of wood at the top of a leg mortise, so, I just saw down to define the waste

Use a chisel to pop the waste out, and pare the mortise square. Then a check for fit

Then rotate to do the other mortise. Then sine the leg was in the vise, did a clean up

of the leg’s sides, and got rid of the layout marks, finally put a slight champfer on the edges. Legs were about done

So, I got the rest of the tenons cut on the aprons. Tried out a shoulder plane, well I used like one anyway

Apron routine: Lay out one line 1/2” in from the end. Take a handsaw, take 7-8 level strokes, check for depth of cut. Take a wide chisel, pop off the waste. Pare tenon smooth. Flip over and repeat for the other side. Short aprons were ready for a glue up

Glue, clamp, and two finish nails per joint. Both short ends are done ( it is now 3:00!) Time to work on the long longs. Aprons get a slight round over by using just a hand plane. The long aprons get a stretcher between them. So, a Dovetail was cut

Measured acroos the assembled (dry fit) base to get the length of the stretcher itself. Cut the matching dovetail. Got everything Glued up, clamped up, stretcher installed.

Cut and fitted corner blocks. DDrilled for the screws to attach them. Everything secured? Take the clamps off ( AFTER having another Mountain Dew, of course) Carry this “thing” up the Dungeon steps, beat on the door to get it to open, waddle through the Kitchen, place the base onto the table top. Top was just sitting on a card table.

Screwed off one side. Found out the other side was out of square ( Did I do that??) so, back down them stairs, grab a long clamp, trudge back up and pull the side square, and THEN screwed that side off. Four screws in the strecher, one in each corner block. Flipped this thing over, got rid of the card table, place the “new” table in just the “right spot” ( according to the wife) Placed the two existing chairs under the table. THEN I get to go fry up some supper. Time? 6:30 pm!

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

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 01:30 AM

This is a charming project. The final shot is great. Love the puzzle on the table. It suggests a wonderful evening shared with a loved one.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 01:30 AM

That is a very impressive day’s work.

And a nice table.

I like the ‘open top’ mortises and will steal that idea.

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

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 01:39 AM

very nice build,i thought building a doll bed for my daughter was doing good today (except for paint) but you put me to shame.great job and i also like the open top mortise.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 01:39 AM

I got tired just watching all of your hard work. Good job. What’s for supper?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 02:09 AM

Yeah, yeah, yeah….
It ain’t DONE….
‘Til it’s FINISHED!!! ;^)

Nice days work. Was the wifey happy, as we all know that is all that matters!!!

Now what did you do with MY Mountain Dew???

-- 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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#6 posted 07-07-2013 02:56 AM

Drank them, of course. Then had two more with the fried egg and baloney sammiches.

Wife hasn’t said what finish she wants, YET. Sure it will be something or another.

Top was a Yard Sale Freebie, walnut was already in the shop. had to buy some pine for the aprons, and some screws. Basically one afternoon in the Dungeon Shop….

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

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