End Table project #1: End Table Project: Start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-22-2015 07:33 PM 809 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have a stack of White Oak planks to molest. Boss said she wants a new end table.

Bottom is enclosed

Has a door
Top squared off

So, with that set points and a couple trips with the tape measure, it is off to the Dungeon shop:
Took along ONE plank for this trip. Me and stairs are not on the best of speaking terms right now, so minimum loads going down the steps works best.

Plank was 9” wide, by 63” long, by 7/8” thick. Figured I could get the top out of it. Crosscut it in half, about 31” or so. Part of the one half had a line of very bad looking knots. Rip a 2” wide strip to get rid of that sort of trouble. Set up each piece in the vise. had some jointing to do to make a better glue joint..

22” long jointer plane. Once two edges were straight and square, got out a few clamps..

Two under, one over. Just until a bead shows up..

And let it set for awhile. Went back upstairs and selected a second plank. Laid it on the glue up. Found a center point. Clamped the new plank in place ON the top clamp. Circular saw ( 1950s model Skil) to make a cut.

Bandsaw still can not make a decent STRAIGHT line to save it’s rearend..
So, made a couple layout lines 3” in from each edge. Clamped a piece to the table of the bandsaw. Made sure both cuts would miss the table’s edge. And made a few cuts. Not perfectly straight, but better than the bandsaw does. Wound up with 4 3" wide, and 2 2/12” wide.

The idea here is to build corner posts.

Something like this. Now, since the edges needed a little work, and the parts needed to match each other….makes it easier to do some joinery..
jack planes to plane to lines, running two boards at a time..

Once I had the 4 wider ones where they matched each other, then the skinnier two wer planed down, made a bit of a mess on the floor(again)

Ah, but I wasn’t quite done with these parts…yet. I dug up a pattern, traced it onto the “bottom” end. Bandsaw can cut curvy lines

A bit of sanding to remove saw marks, traced it out on the skinnier part, and ran that through the bandsaw

So, this is ONE corner post’s foot. Three more to mill up. Sides will be a Frame & Panel sort of thing.
Will be puttering along today, rest of the feet to do. Then maybe start on the rest of the frame’s parts.

Fun is just beginning in The Smokey Dungeon Shop…Stay tuned

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

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#1 posted 07-22-2015 09:13 PM

Ya may want to clean up them shavings….
I hear they are susceptible to potential combustion.
& I know you don’t want none of that!!!

Good work.
Carry on….

-- 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 07-24-2015 12:52 PM

Fascinating work style. Enjoyed reading.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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