|Project by Lee Leitner||posted 01-11-2014 08:21 PM||3118 views||20 times favorited||18 comments|
I have been putting this off for a long time. I am working on a jewelry armoire for my wife and I got tired of not being able to hold all the different sized parts still while I worked on them with out setting up clamps and changing them for the next piece etc… you know what I mean.
So I used good old pine for the base and mortise and tenon joinery that makes it very strong and very sturdy. I actually built the mortise in as I assembled the legs from 2 halves and then used lag bolts to pull them together. For the long cross braces I used a key and a long lag bolt to join. This allows me to make adjustments to how the tension affects the “square” of the base. I can always go back and adjust if I move the table to a floor surface that has a different level to it.
The top is maple. The aprons, end caps and vise blocks are all red oak. I used red oak because it is a good in between for hardness, durability and strength. I want a bit of softness in the vise blocks. I know, I know it probably will not make much difference but hey why not.
I joined the top to the base using 3 1/2 inch threaded inserts on each end on the under side and then ran lag bolts up through the base braces and shimmed where needed.
I may add a jack leg to it sometime if I see a need for it bit that is allot of work for something I may only need once a year, we will see how it works out.