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.