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Making a table, on a balcony. #4: Cutting the table top to size

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Blog entry by shaunmza posted 09-25-2017 12:15 PM 1174 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Progress is being made! Here you see the results of an afternoons work, the table top has been fixed to the base I made, then planed with a hand plane, and cut down to the size I wanted, plus, I cut notches out for the rear legs of the table.

Let’s take a look how ended here.

No photo’s of me attaching the top to the base, or using the hand plane to knock down edges, sorry about that.
At this point I have attached the top to the base, roughly planed the top and am getting ready to cut the board to width. Thankfully I have a nice large ruler, which I clamped to the board to prevent it from moving.

Instead of drawing a line with a pencil, I use a knife, to scribe a line into the wood. This wood is very soft so it scribes easily. To get a nice straight line, scribe very softly at first, then progressively harder as you go.

This allows the knife to cut a groove bit by bit. It helps so that you do not wander with the knife point and damage the wood.

At this point I had cut one side down to size, I cut it as wide as I could, so the last board was untouched. I cleaned up the edge by running the hand plane over the side.

Scribing a line also reduces the tear out from sawing, I sawed on the outside of the line so that any tear out would be limited to the waste piece.

At this point I was really excited to see how it would look, so I grabbed the clamps, and mocked up the table.
The top piece is going to have more depth, and for a built in rack, for books etc.

So, as I tend to do, a lot of work was not photographed. I spent a lot of time planing down the boards as my gluing up procedure was not the best.
Regardless, I was very happy at this point with the progress I had made.

-- Shaun, South African living in Portugal



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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-25-2017 11:16 PM

Very nice work…..You’ll get plenty of good use out of the table….I thought at first it was made of red cedar, but now I’m not sure what the wood is…..Stellar job, anyway…!!!

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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robscastle

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#2 posted 09-26-2017 08:25 AM

Wow Shaun, you cut the end of the table top off with a knife?

I think the process deserves a blog of the tools and maybe a practice piece of wood.
A pretty neat looking table too!

-- Regards Robert

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shaunmza

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#3 posted 09-26-2017 08:27 AM


Very nice work…..You ll get plenty of good use out of the table….I thought at first it was made of red cedar, but now I m not sure what the wood is…..Stellar job, anyway…!!!

- Rick Dennington

Thanks! Being a rank amateur I have no idea what the wood could be.

I know it was cheap :)

-- Shaun, South African living in Portugal

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shaunmza

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#4 posted 09-26-2017 08:30 AM



Wow Shaun, you cut the end of the table top off with a knife?

I think the process deserves a blog of the tools and maybe a practice piece of wood.
A pretty neat looking table too!

- robscastle

Haha, looking at the post I can see now that it may seem that way.

I used a saw though, not pictured and cut on the lines I scored with a knife.

Thanks for the comment.

-- Shaun, South African living in Portugal

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