My 1st Attempt at Greene and Greene Style Furniture #7: Working on the tops

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Blog entry by Don posted 12-27-2010 06:52 AM 3919 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: All cleaned up. Part 7 of My 1st Attempt at Greene and Greene Style Furniture series Part 8: Plugs and Splines »

I almost titled this “Screw Up #2” since I had a little mishap when cutting the spline slots on the first top I made. I had my router set up in a table and cut the slots in all of the breadboard ends. Then I pulled the whole router with plate out of the table, flipped it over, and cut the slots on my top. Then I discovered that the router had somehow moved a strong 1/32” and the slots were noticably off center. I let out a pretty good string of 4 letter words but then realized that this was actually a good thing. I still had to glue up another top and was using lumber bought at a different time than the original lumber so my 2 tops weren’t going to match very well anyway and I had more than enough lumber to make 2 more. I also still needed to cut the bottom shelfs and the first top was large enough to be cut down for a shelf. So I really didn’t lose any work and will have a better matching set of tables when I’m done. I also tightened down the locking mechanism on my routers to prevent this from happening again.

I’ve now got both tops cut to size and along with the breadboards:

Aside from the tops I’ve also got the drawers hung and fitted plus the top rails cut and ready to attach to the frames:

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 07:28 AM

Looks great so far.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 06:34 PM

The tables are looking GREAT!

You might want to check your router to see if there is any freeplay in the rotor. If the router bit has any free movement it will shift when you flip the router over – it should be snug. I just checked mine and there is no movement, but it might be worth checking out.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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