Thorsen Table #7: Final Assembly

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Blog entry by cheller posted 06-04-2007 07:01 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the drawer problem solved it was time to attach the drawer runners to the side aprons, a stop to the back (to keep the drawer from recessing too far into the table), and get the table glued up. A shallow dado on the drawer rides along maple runners attached to the aprons.

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You can see the dado in this shot of the drawer box.

With the assembly dry fit and turned upside down on the bench I placed the runners into the dadoes and lower the drawer between the aprons. To raise the drawer to the right height off the bench, so that the bottom lined up with the aprons and the top cleared the front brace, I had placed sticks of appropriate thickness under the drawer. I had to add a few shims (old business cards) to get the drawer to just the right height and to even out the reveal on the sides of the drawer. Then it was easy to run a pencil along the runner to mark the aprons.

After pulling the assembly apart I drilled counter sunk holes for screws in the aprons. Using double-sided tape I temporarily affixed the runners to the aprons and tightened the screws to mark the locations on the apron. Finally I drilled the pilot holes in the aprons and attached the runners.
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Another dry fit confirmed that the runners were correctly placed.

To give stability to the front of the table I added a brace to the top edge. The drawer front and aprons were cut from a single board. I had intended to cut the brace from the drawer front to give a perfect grain pattern, but when I was cutting I forgot to make the front slightly oversized to compensate for the saw kerf. I was able to find a piece that was a close match though, so it is not obvious that the brace and drawer front were not once one piece. The brace is 3/4" X 1/2". At each end I cut a dovetail to help keep the table from pulling apart at the front. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket One side of the brace as seen from above.

Final milling step for the table was to add a chamfer to all the exposed surfaces - bottom edges of the aprons, all sides of the legs, edges of the shelf and top, all edges of the breadboard ends. You can see this in the detail of the leg pictured below. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Then it was time for glue. I started with the sides, then added the back apron. One of the tenons in the back decided to fight back - perhaps a little too tight. I ended up wrestling the assembly from the bench to the floor, which was not an easy task with five of my Bessy clamps on it - those suckers are heavy. I did prevail, though. Here's the assembly all clamped up. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The dark patch on the back is the stop block for the drawer.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 06-04-2007 07:34 PM

these pix are really helpful for me to see the what and how of building. Thank you for sharing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-04-2007 07:34 PM

Nice work, thanks for all the photos. Business cards make great spacers.

-- John

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#3 posted 06-04-2007 08:04 PM

Thanks. I too apreciate this level of detail.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-04-2007 10:42 PM

Nice work! I really enjoyed the photos and story.


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#5 posted 06-05-2007 05:34 AM

Great step-by-step of the process. Thanks for the info.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 06-05-2007 05:54 AM

You hid the handcut dovetail!

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#7 posted 06-05-2007 08:35 AM

Looks good.

If you find the runners sticking, try UHMW plastic instead (To maintain the authentic look, you can put a piece of wood at the front.

-- surplusdealdude

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#8 posted 06-05-2007 01:39 PM

Great joinery and drawer.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 06-05-2007 03:27 PM

I love to see the joinery! Thanks for taking the time to show this.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 06-05-2007 03:44 PM

Great job, nice helpful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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