|Project by GrumpaJeff||posted 04-05-2013 05:55 PM||1886 views||10 times favorited||19 comments|
First let me say this is small but a difficult project. The plans I dug up off the Internet and appear to be from Book No. 4557, 40 Fine DELTA Tables, Delta Mfg. Division from the mid 30’s or early 40’s. The design is art deco based on the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the Tryon and Perisphere symbols of that exhibition. The write up and the plans call for ‘standard practices’ but the drawings leave a lot of work for you to do. The measurements are not accurate and lack details such as; the chair is tapered to the back, how the seat is attached, how to cut the design grooves into curved and round surfaces and the overhang of the tabletop. It calls for a ‘B’ and ‘D’ shaper blades, which is old school so you have to figure out modern router bit shapes to use. The top calls for red oilcloth or linoleum and a chrome edge (think 50’s diner), expensive today. I had to redraw the plans and double check the fit then the fun began.
You use it all; planer, table saw, miter saw, router, mortiser, drill press, scroll saw, various sanders and lots of clamps. I used dowel joints, M&T joints plus some floating joints as well as screwed/glued reinforcing blocks for rigidity. You have to think ahead and the details matter; where the dowels attach the rails on the back legs at a right angle the dowel inside ends have to be cut to a 45 angle to allow maximum depth and contact for strength in ¾” holes. Just putting the back legs together requires 18 glue joints to come together all at once. In total there were over 70 parts and some 60 jointed pieces. This unique project will really test your skills but by taking your time and several dry fits it will look great. This will serve our three grandchildren for several years.
White oak, white pickling stain, red leather seats and table top with a Plexiglas table overlay.
Here is the web page for those of you who have asked.