Church pews project #9: completed farmhouse table and start on butchers block

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Blog entry by inchanga posted 02-04-2013 08:02 PM 3692 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Assembling the base Part 9 of Church pews project series Part 10: butchers block in clamps and ding table in situ »

A reminder of what wed started with.

The coffee table has been delivered and the farmhouse dining table is now ready for collection. I was going to put breadboard ends on the top but the customer likes it just the way it is. It does not show up well on the photograph but there is some nice end grain adding character to the piece.

I am now moving on to the butchers block starting with laminating the legs. Using reclaimed material it has been necessary to do some patching and repair work on the blanks in order to achieve the required dimensions from what’s left of the pews but the repairs will be hidden/disguised when the block is assembled.

The pic above shows the legs before final sanding and doweling.

A major advantage of the Dowelmax is that it can be clamped on timbers up to a 100mm wide for drilling the dowel holes and for appearance reasons I wanted to use substantial legs on the piece.

The stretchers are doweled on the ends while secured in a vice. The whole doweling process is extremely quick and very accurate.

After inserting the dowels I lay the pieces out prior to assembly just to make sure I have got the orientation of the legs and stretchers correct before final assembly. I also sand all the pieces to 240grit and apply stain if needed. It is much easier to do this before assembly.

For some reason I decided not to use my usual method of using pocket hole screws to clamp the joints up and went straight to sash clamps instead. Apart from dropping one on my foot, messing about and juggling with the clamps reminded me how much easier and less stressful using pocket hole screws is. Quite apart from the additional joint strength that the screws give, the assembly goes so much smoother.

The next step is to try and salvage enough wood to build the end grain cutting board for the top.

-- chris, north wales

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