|Project by Uriel7||posted 09-15-2011 01:46 PM||1708 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
I got this table design out of Wood Projects for the Home (Ortho Books) called Sawbuck Table. It is a rather solid but simple table. It consists of a relatively few joints like a square mortise and tenon for the under rail and lap joints for the crossed legs. I finished it with a couple of coats of 2 part polyurethane and sanded it smooth. All my wood was very very green, but hardwood which is difficult for me to get a hold of at all. I had issues with shrinkage and warp. If I was to do this project again, I’d throw everything together as soon as it was cut square or let it dry for a year or so (Patience is truly a virtue). As a result of my green wood, I ended up with a few cracks between boards, but nothing too bad. The table is still solid and I work on it all the time now. It is a little low, but it is nice for laying out measurements because I can sit down to work. In the future, I may make blocks to jack it up several inches to a good standing height. Originally the plans listed it as a dinner table…something I over looked until I already cut the legs to length. For more photos, you can go here to see the build up. My block plane got a workout because it was the only plane I owned at the time, but it helped smooth lots of things out from lap joints on the legs to leveling the work surface. Second to my block plane is my 3/4” combination rasp/chisel, also very useful getting tight fits and joints, even though useless for paring operations.
This table replaced my sawhorse and plywood setup. Even though this isn’t any master woodworker’s bench, but I’m working up to it step by step. I think it turned out well given the limitations and experience I have. I definitely realize a lot more now about tables and benches than before.
My next big step will be to start hand cutting dovetails hopefully to make a good storage chest.