Well, I got started on the console by gluing up the boards for the top and the three large brackets. Since I had the lumber on hand and I didn’t want to go buy lumber, I’m gluing together boards to make the thick brackets (Norm of course had stock that thick).
I used a planer sled to flatten the boards for the brackets since they are too wide for my jointer. That went pretty well and I was planning to do the same for the wide boards for the top, but it was just too long, heavy and unwieldy to be efficient. Instead I ripped the two wide boards I was going to glue up for the top in half so I can get them on the jointer, then I will glue four boards together for the top. Here they are getting biscuit slots cut.
Unfortunately for me, the laws of physics apply in my shop and I wasn’t able to get a finished thickness of 1 inch from 4/4 rough boards. I think Norm’s table had a 1 1/4” top, but mine will be 3/4”. Because of that, I will probably alter other dimensions so that the whole thing will still look in proportion. The apron will be shortened to 3” from 3.5” and the brackets will shrink down as well.
Speaking of the brackets, here they are getting glued up.
You can never have enough clamps!
I’m trying to stay on top of the mess this time too and that’s tough without a dust collector. At least my dust collecting box works pretty good on the jointer.
Not so well for the planer.
One of these days I’ll get a dust collector and rig up a collection duct for the planer.