Thorsen Side Table #2: Aprons and legs dry fit

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Blog entry by fred posted 04-29-2007 07:59 PM 1161 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Progress is definitely being made. I used my new Router Mortising Jig and cut the mortises on the legs and stretchers. The new jig worked far better than I had expected. Woohoo! The plans don’t tell you everything to expect so when I did the first dry fit of the legs and aprons I found that some of the tenons did not properly fit. The mortises were 7/8” deep and the tenons were ¾”. Naturally, if the mortises are in the center of a 1 ¼” leg then the tenons would not fit all the way. I had expected this. After trimming some of the tenons I finally had a pretty good dry fit.

I am staying pretty much with the plan dimensions as to the overall size. I have not yet decided on my personal effect for the aprons. I have not even cut the cloud effect in the aprons.

The stretchers have the cloud effect. I made a template for the stretchers and then used the router table to trim the stretchers to size.

This was a really productive weekend and I had a lot of fun.

The next steps are to determine a design for the aprons and the table top.

More to come…

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 04-29-2007 08:02 PM

Great looking table, Fred! What a productive weekend. You did in a weekend what it has taken me a month to get done. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 04-29-2007 08:22 PM

Good looking Fred.

-- 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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#3 posted 04-29-2007 09:17 PM

Nice. Would that be Oak??

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#4 posted 04-29-2007 09:21 PM

Nice going Fred, I love the figure in the Oak.
It won’t be long, & you’ll be looking for something else to make

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 04-30-2007 04:35 AM

Looking good Fred.

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#6 posted 04-30-2007 06:29 PM

Zuki – yes it is oak.

I am going to make new stretchers. Everything was cut to size according to the plans but the stretchers turned out about 1/4” short. Oh, well.

Another lesson learned: I used to mark the parts with pencil but switched to marking the parts with chalk. From test fitting and handling the parts it is getting difficult to read them now. I am going to mark them again with pencil tonight.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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