|Project by Tom Huntley||posted 11-07-2011 11:58 AM||2185 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Here’s a pretty easy project that seems to be creating a good impression with those who see it. I purchased a set of table legs and apron from Osborne Wood Products www.osbornewood.com and then added the top, the bottom shelf, and the drawer myself. The top was made from laminated maple that I was going to use for e workbench because it was discolored. Then it occurred to me that this wood may look good laminated, so I used it on this table. I actually like the look, and plan on trying to find some more rough maple with this “problem”. My cutsomer wanted to finish the bottom, hence the lack of finish on the legs, etc., The top is just tung oil.
The table is 18X40 with 1” of overhang, so I cut the drawer face out of the apron and used a flush fit. Be sure to match grain. Objective was to make something heavy because the table is a bit narrower than most kitchen islands. This little bugger is indeed heavy! When it was delivered, it fit nicely into the customer’s environment, and they were very satisfied.
Bottom shelf is 7/8” oak with a 1 1/4” band. I made a crosscut slead with a set of 45 degree cradles to cut notches in the corners of the legs. Then I cut the corners of the shelf to match the notches, and clamped it together. After that, I made the band with a small rabbet for the shelf to set on. Lengths were measured while the piece was clamped up. I dissassembled everything for gluing and cutting Kregg holes for final assembly All was held in place at the corners with Kregg screws from underneath. Again, simple but functional. If you keep your notches fairly tight and measure the banding carefully, the result is a very good looking joint at the corners that is also very strong.
Thanks for looking!
-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan