Church pews project #6: Dining table start

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Blog entry by inchanga posted 01-29-2013 12:35 AM 2860 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The coffee table is finished apart from another couple of coats of oil so it’s time to start on the dining table.

Cutting to width on the table saw left me good edges that did not need jointing. Although with long grain joints like this biscuits are not normally necessary for strength, I decided to use them to assist in lining up the boards as much as possible in order to minimise sanding afterwards.

By accident I started using chalk instead of a pencil to mark up boards and have found it much better. It is highly visible and cleans off very easily. The boards have been marked up with a carpenters triangle for orientation and the marks across the joints are for the biscuits.

I used number 20 biscuits at about 9 inch intervals.

Glueing up wide panels is always a bit nerve racking but I am happy to say that with just a little persuasion everything came together quite well and thanks to the biscuits the joints are more or less level. What a relief…...

I cleaned the glue off with fresh water tomorrow will leave it in clamps overnight. Tomorrow it will be cut to length and sanded ready to apply the finish.

-- chris, north wales

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