Thorsen Table contest #7: rails into aprons

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Blog entry by scottb posted 05-23-2007 05:46 AM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have these 2 rails to resaw into 4 aprons. Cutting off the trim detail (that held the window panes in place) allowed these to fit in my small bandsaw. Unfortunately with this project now well underway, and really close to the deadline, I’m find I may be trying too many new things, with this project.

I didn't feel like removing the 2x4 MDF zero-clearance top to my tablesaw to resaw these with the fence I have set up for the standard top (as is my most practiced method). So I thought I'd give the bandsaw a shot at it. Had lots of trouble with drift. I've never had great luck cutting to a line with the bandsaw (fence or not) with the accuracy I can get freehanding a taper on the tablesaw.

Not only did the 2 halves come out asymmetrical, but the thinner of the two seemed much thinner than intended. Not to mention dished and otherwise not parallel to the good face.

My kingdom for a planer that could get this flat, without removing stock!

I took the calipers to measure out the thinnest portion, which, as it turns out is marginally under 1/2 inch. It really won't look all that odd with the others coming in just north of that... or would 1/2 inch all around work. Perhaps it will.... So I rigged up a workable fence for the tablesaw in its current configuration, and proceeded to resaw these as I should have started in the first place.

Initially they came out worse then I expected, both cuts not meeting in the middle. Off by as much as the blade width on one end. (and yes I was flipping the piece properly, with the same face to the fence for both cuts.) A quick fence realignment took care of that. (with a little chisel work, a bit of planeing, and a few passes with the ROS got everything to where I was happy to stop for the night.

Sliced right throught the middle, rail, dowels and all.

Now, just a little more sanding and my 4 aprons will be ready to join the 4 legs, a quick cut to length, then it's on to joinery time!

Oh, I still need to get the two lower rails milled. Those are still in the "raw" state - as in still painted, fresh off the door. I expect to make quick work of those. However if those rails from between the windows prove too small or problematic, there is plenty of wood left over from the door stiles. Off cuts from the "veneer" stage.... Oh yeah, I may need a veneer face to match the quartersawn legs, now that I think of it.

Guess what I'll be doing this weekend ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 05-23-2007 06:01 AM

Sometimes it gets tough trying to salvage materials for a project, but the end product will bring you great satisfaction..

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 05-23-2007 06:08 AM

Good luck Scott. Lots of time if you work 8 X 24.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-23-2007 05:05 PM

I admire your efforts, Scott. I’m having to resaw large slabs to dimension, and I can empathize with your frustration! Sounds like you are getting there. I’m still milling parts, and the clock is ticking…


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#4 posted 05-23-2007 08:51 PM

You’re persistence will pay off!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 05-23-2007 09:22 PM

The table that was a door and a window. I love it!

My kind of woodworking!

-- Paul, Texas

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#6 posted 05-23-2007 11:25 PM

Scott, I’m not setting myself up as an expert here, but I posted this item when I first joined LumberJocks.

You might find it helpful. It’s not necessary to make a bandsaw table like the one I show in this post. The critical matter is how to adjust for bandsaw drift.

Hope it helps.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 05-24-2007 01:25 AM

Great post Don. One I invariably missed way back when. You did a great job explaining that. I’ve heard to compensate for the drift, but never quite understood how.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 05-24-2007 03:52 AM

Alright Scott, it’s time to get back on the project. Enough of the pleasantries, you’ve got a deadline to meet. LOL. I know it’s going to turn out great. Can’t wait to see the final pictures.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 05-24-2007 11:13 AM

I’m kinda where you’re at. Except All I have to do is sand my pegs, stain and finish the table oh and attach the top. I’ll get it done dispite tripping over the dog the other night and breaking my middle toe. My wife thinks I broke a bone further up because my leg is swelling, I told her I would go to the doctor when I get my progect done. Sounds like a lumberjock huh? jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 05-24-2007 01:11 PM

Ouch! Broken toes are nasty because there’s little you can do for those. I managed to bend my big toe under and step on it with the same foot, (as a yellow belt trying not to be thrown by a black belt), and only sprained the tendon. Despite not breaking it I had a soft cast up to my knee, and spent weeks in a special shoe.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 05-24-2007 02:32 PM

Mike, sounds like you should be sitting with your leg up as complete those “few” last minute details!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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