|Project by GeoBuk||posted 01-11-2011 04:22 PM||1220 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Well here goes, my first posting- and it contains a challenge. Thanx for the warm welcome.
This is kitchen table and 4 chairs I made for new place here in SW Missouri after retirement. They are made from white oak. Chairs follow plans in Woodsmith from 2004. Challenge to me was making curved pieces out of straight wood- no bending required.
The table was of my own design created in QuickCad 8. It uses 3/4 inch stock. Careful inspection will show I broke a Cardinal rule when designing the top by joining wood at right angles without allowing for movement. Table top now has a long split next to one of the joints. I used biscuit joinery to assemble the top.
The challenge: Can anyone suggest a reconstruction/fix that will utilize the existing top?
I thought of adding strips to separate between the 4 sections, but can’t decide on joinery that allows movement.
2nd pix shows split. It is very dry this winter and you can see through 1/8 inch split. This summer it will close quite a bit.
—Now it is 1 year later and the fix is in. “David in Damascus” suggested the method I used shown in pix #3.
I used cherry for the spline which made a nice contrast. The hard part was sawing apart the 4 pieces-
I screwed entire top to square plywood and used that as guide in cutting. I had to mark plywood into 4 equal squares and use those line to align top to plywood. Plywood was screwed to bottom of table.
After cutting into 4 pieces, used 1/4” slot cutting bit in router to make slots in edges. I cut them 1/4” deep.
Then I made splines from cherry using same slot cutting bit to create a rather loose fit. I resisted usual tight fit we all strive for because this was precisely the problem I was trying to fix, i.e. lack of movement in changing moisture conditions.
I glued along single board edge of each piece. Cross cut edges had just a dab of glue at center of table.
Final trimming of splines and sanding and varnish and it is complete.
I attached using same wooden clips (see pix #4) along long edge, again allowing movement on other edge.
We think it looks better than original due to contrast provided by the cherry.
-- George in Missouri