Spent some time organising the timber for the table project. I put all the parts through the thicknesser to a final thickness of 48mm. Then I could start choosing what goes where….
Arranging the grain pattern was a lot of fun, it’s amazing how you can make or break a piece by just flipping a couple of parts about. And trying to “hide” the ugly pieces and show off the finest ones to the best advantage – a few minutes spent now is well worth it when you have to spend the rest of your days looking at the completed piece and wishing you’d did it slightly different ;)
I also made a final test piece of the corner joint. The top is 48mm thick, the sides taper to 30mm at the top edge. Obviously this makes quite some difference to the layout of the joint. What do you think? Almost as strong as a secret mitred dovetails but much quicker to produce. And very strong!
It is almost a pity to hide the joint away (the from edges of the table will not show the joint as I want clean lines) but I’ll leave it at the back so there is a little evidence of my work.
I have started plumbing in the shop for dust extraction. I usually move the dust extractor to whatever machine I’m about to use but that approach isn’t always a good one when you’re as lazy as me ;)