There will be a little flashback in time here as some of this was done before the legs were finished up. Anyway I will just throw in a few photos of some of the joinery involved without going into much detail.
Roughing out the mortises.
And the tenons.
I like to leave the tenons a little big and final fit while cleaning the mortises.
I glued a strip on the tops of the apron pieces after fitting to locate the table frame inside the recess in the bottom of the table top. This keeps everything square and evenly spaced automatically and gives some mechanical interlock to the frame to top joint.
This one shows the aprons in place, locked into the table top. I added the piece of tubi that came out of the rebate in the top of the tabletop frame to the inside of the bottom recess. This creates the correct spacing for the aprons underneath.
After adding a little more maple to the bottoms of the aprons I pressed the marquetry onto the faces
And hammer veneered mahogany on the backs. As it turns out I discovered that a paint scraper with it’s blade ground smooth makes the best veneer hammer I’ve yet made…. and the easiest.
Next job was one I had been dreading. I have a lot of respect for the great scrollers on LJ’s… I’m just not one of them. This tool was the one that caused me to build my chevalet(s).
Since I did promise some sub-assembly shots, here are a couple.
As of these photos you are only a day or two behind where I am at present. Remaining to be done are the stretchers and some sort of edge treatment for the bottoms of the scrolled edges. Along with the stretchers will come some shop made tubi veneer on the leg “toes”. Of course there is also final glue-up and lots of finishing.
This means the blogs will “blog down” a little now. I may do one more before I post the project but I don’t want to let the whole cat out of the bag in advance.
Thanks for looking in and as always please ask questions and comment if you wish.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/