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Bowling Lane Assembly Table #1: Dimensioning and Cutting Tenons

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 07-10-2018 07:01 PM 5309 reads 0 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few months ago I picked up a six foot length of bowling lane with the intent to make a hefty and large assembly table that will also be used for finishing. I want it large enough to maybe have a few projects going at the same time and have space for them to remain in place without having to shuffle them around.

The table will have a top dimension of approximately 42”x72” and be 30” high. The relatively low height is so larger projects can sit on the table and still give me the ability to work on two or three sides. The low height should also allow me to apply finishes to wider or taller projects while on the table. It’s not modeled after it, but Frank Klausz has a low height assembly table (he refers to it as a utility table) and well, he knows what he’s doing lol

The table may be modified to store things that are used for assembly and finishing such as glue bottles, clamps, etc. But for now I want the main frame and top finished so it can be utilized asap. The parts are cut from 2×12 Douglas fir. The wider members allow for more knot-free wood. I was lucky to pick two 10’ pieces that were straight and true.

I ripped them on the table saw and cleaned them up on a new Supermax 19-38. So far I have nothing negative to say about the sander. I ran all the pieces thru multiple times and there’s barely any dust on the bed much less anywhere else from the process. I’m cutting all of the joinery by hand. Need the practice and since I’m not in a rush, this was a more fun way to go. I also got to use a new badazz carcass saw made by fellow LJ Bearkat. It’s a thing of beauty and cuts like butta’. Nice work Brian. Tote fits like a glove too!

Just some random pics.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)



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#1 posted 07-10-2018 08:14 PM

Nice Bill. I would love to have the space for something similar. A table dedicated just for assembly, glue and finishing would be a huge help. Nice handywork on those tenons too!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 07-10-2018 08:57 PM



Nice Bill. I would love to have the space for something similar. A table dedicated just for assembly, glue and finishing would be a huge help. Nice handywork on those tenons too!

- HokieKen


Thanks. You know, in my over zealousness to want to use the new saw, I started to cut the tenons on the rails and then realized I had no mortises :O But I continued anyway. It felt too good to stop. lol

I guess it’s not such big deal if I have to pare them down a little. I have a Japanese chisel that’s just shy of the width of the tenons. But man …..... I hate when I do that. Order of operations Bill. Doh!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 09:55 PM

Well fortunately all isn’t lost. Just a light pass on the cheeks with the rabbet block plane and they fit like a glove.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 10:56 PM

looks to me like you are having way to much fun …. GREAT PROGRESS :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 07-10-2018 11:33 PM

Good save! Personally, I prefer to cut the tenons first then use them to lay out the mortises. But, I usually end up paring the walls of the mortise to get the fit right.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 07-11-2018 12:24 AM

Wow, those fit nice Bill!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 07-11-2018 12:28 AM

Seems theres less of a debate about mortise first and then fit the tenons than there is with dovetails. I usually mortise first and then cut the tenons but I have to say this worked out pretty well. Guess I’ll see going forward.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 07-11-2018 12:54 AM

Yeah, I’m not sure why I do it that way. I guess I just like to have the tenon cut first cause it gives me something to check the fit with as I chisel out the mortise. Since I do Tenons first, it’s almost certainly wrong ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 07-11-2018 01:04 AM



looks to me like you are having way to much fun …. GREAT PROGRESS :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Tony can’t deny it was fun but it was really to sooth my frustration. Have guys laying tile in the house. Watching them is like watching paint dry. Two plus weeks in and have only put down 700sq.ft of the tile. Nothing grouted yet. On a positive note the brick masons finished up their work.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 07-11-2018 01:06 AM

Kenny what ever gets the job done. I think I’m liking tenons first.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 07-11-2018 02:58 AM



Wow, those fit nice Bill!

- duckmilk


Thanks Duck. Tight like a …........ Ah you know what I mean ;p

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#12 posted 07-11-2018 03:27 AM

Bill: There are outstanding hand cut M&t’s. I can not seem to cut straight like that at all. That carcass saw is gorgeous. Keep up the good work.

Tim.

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#13 posted 07-11-2018 07:45 AM

Nice sander and saw Bill !!!
As for the M&T they also look great.
I don’t think there’s a right or wrong which you cut first, personally I prefer to do the mortises first. I think is more forgiving for me as I get impassioned when I mortise.
Low-High assembly tables are such a great help, I use my outfit table which is 40”, I have another narrower at about 30” and I also use a small mobile one on retractable casters which is at 20” for high projects… got that idea from David Marks years ago.
Anyway what you do buddy looks great, keep it up ;) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#14 posted 07-11-2018 04:00 PM

Thanks Tim. Figure I need to practice to get better and doing it on shop fixtures is better than doing it on display furniture. Mortises are coming out really well. I think I like cutting the tenons first. As Kenny said, it seems to make it easier to lay out the mortises.

Stelios I’m really liking the drum sander and thanks. I’m also looking forward to having a place dedicated to assembly. I too use the outfield table and then have to move things around in order to use the saw. Same goes for my bench. I’d like to keep both of those clear to make things go more smoothly.

That saw is a nice piece of kit. I have to say, comparing it to the Lie Nielsen saws and the Cosman saws, it’s a much better tool with better fit. The hang on the tote is perfect and even though I don’t have particularly large hands, the tote being beefier, feels much better and provides better control. The LN saws are my least favorite and will probably hit the sales corner or ebay and get replaced with Brian’s counterparts. But I better order them soon if I want them by Christmas. This one took a while to arrive. Guess he’s swamped. Hear that Brian? Have two more saws in the ready for me lol

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 07-11-2018 04:06 PM

I might like to have a go with the Cosman saw Bill if/when you decide to unload it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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