Barnsley Reproduction Build #25: A Bucket O’Buttons

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Blog entry by stevo_wis posted 11-12-2015 04:32 AM 1083 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 24: Assembling and Gluing the Undercarriage Part 25 of Barnsley Reproduction Build series Part 26: Butterfly Mortises »

There are 22 buttons that hold the table top to the frame underneath the table. They are approximately two by two inches and have these nice little bevels and wedges on the edges.

Rather than work with very small pieces, I decided to make strips of them, do what I could on a machine, cut them apart, then finish each small piece by hand. The x’d out areas need to be hogged out and then cut between buttons.

My radial saw seemed to be the safest and easiest tool so that I could see what I was doing and still keep my fingers.

The inside of the buttons have a rounded edge and my pencil can was about the right radius.

The radial arm cut a angled cut to sneak up on the rounded side.

A chisel finishes the rounding.

A block plane makes quick work of beveling the edges. It was a nice job on a fall day

The drill press drills and countersinks each button for the screw to pass through.

A true Bucket O’ Buttons.

Next, cutting out butterfly mortises in the table top.

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 02:07 PM

Nice tutorial, Stevo. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 02:28 PM

Thanks for the tutorial, Stevo.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 09:52 PM

Nice Stevo! I really enjoy following your build on your Barnsley table.


-- Dan, TN

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 08:08 PM

Fun to follow your nice blog on this build Stevo. I like those wedge bevels on the buttons, very stylish and one of the small things that make your project so special.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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