|Project by BusterB||posted 11-13-2013 02:54 PM||2009 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
My father in law recently gave me a block of wood (16”x25”x3”) that he says has been sitting in his basement for over 30 years. He challenged me by saying ”See what you can make out of this.” After listening to the wood for a while, it said that it wanted to become a small end table to sit by his favorite chair. Having never made an end table before, I was faced with a few challenges. Basic design and joinery being just a few of them. Earlier in the year I had spent 20 dollars on a Kreg Jr Pocket hole jig and put it in my cabinet and hadnt touched it since. Decided that the time had come to give it a go. Joinery issue solved. Then after looking at several table projects on LJ’s, I settled on a basic design. The problem arose that the table design I had chosen had tapered legs. A process I had never attempted in my short woodworking career. Once again, I looked at a few jigs posted on here for inspiration. As a first run through, I tossed one togther out some scrap 2×4’s. Since I wasnt sure the thing would actually work I didnt take the time to put it together as well as the ones I had looked at. Idea was pretty straight forward. Joined at one end with a small hinge, you set the gap by measuring between the cut line and the TS blade. When it is equal along the length of the cut you secure the jig. The ones I looked at had a adjustable bracket to do this and eventually I will add one to this jig. For trial purposes I used a thin strip of wood and two screws. A small block attached to the end holds the cut piece in the jig as it passes over the saw table. I cut the parts for the table out of some white oak slabs a buddy of mine had given me a few weeks back and then put them together with pocket hole screws. Now to clean that beastly block of wood up….its coming along.
-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)