Well, I think the top is as cleaned up as I can get it, now
Forgotten how many knots that old Walnut had…
Ok, put the top aside for a while, need to fix the other part of the table…
The old ones were too thick, and didn’t hold screws very well
These will get tossed. laid out some lines on a 1×6. Bandsaw to cut a pair of 2” wide strips, and a thinner middle one. Decided to joint the wider boards, made it easier to miter them
Went upstairs to grab a couple toys. One was my son’s Hammerhead Drill/driver. Not much room around them brackets, and the 90 degree head made things easier to get to the screws, old and new ones. The other toy?
I already had the saw down in the shop. Cleared a place to screw this GEM mitrebox to the bench, marked out for the first horizontal bracket, and gave the mitrebox a try
Not too bad, but takes a bit too long to saw. Switched to a bit better saw, as the vertical brackets means I have the board on it’s edge..
Use the whole length, doesn’t take very long at all. Drill press to counterbore fore a few bolts….turned out the screws on hand were a tad too long….grind them to the required length (where they don’t come through the other side.) add some glue to a bracket and install. One bracket attaches just to the aprons. They will get a slot cut to attach the top, the other “vertical” bracket also screws into a leg, and the aprons. Screws and glue..
Installed these two, rotate the base to do the next corner..
They are not perfect, but they are close enough. Finally got the fourth one in place..
IF you look closely, you can see acouple of the vertical brackets. Legs are no longer loose. Will let the glue sit overnight…maybe tomorrow, I can make the slots…IF the cordless drill is charged up by then, if not, I do have a corded one. Brace & bit? Won’t work for making slots. Slots allow the top to expand, and contract. Screws just to keep the top on the base. IF the screws are set in the center of the slot, they can tilt as the top moves, or, just slide along for the ride.
Stay tuned, might get this rehabbed yet….
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