|Forum topic by bobro||posted 12-28-2014 01:29 PM||1987 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
12-28-2014 01:29 PM
Glueless joinery, from rough lumber, with a few basic hand tools. A hand saw, a backsaw, couple of chisels, two handplanes, sliding bevel, square, pencil. Electric drill for boring out peg holes, but not for the mortises (it’s more precise and almost as fast to chop the whole mortise out than it is to chain-drill then clean up).
Joints are pegged mortise and through-tenon, dovetails, and pegged dovetail tenons.
The top looks like a cross-grain construction, but it is not. The top is not glued down and only the center pin is physically bound, which means as little, or less, actual cross-grain constriction than a typical mortise and tenon joint on a stretcher. The beech edges are pegged to the sides of the top but not down. So the top can move with the seasons. Now that I have a camera again I’ll finally be able to do drawings of this top/end construction on my “blog” here.
You could say that the table is without decoration and be technically correct- all the decorative elements are functional, decoration is a byproduct of structural elements. That’s a design approach I really dig. Got more to say about that but my computer is extremely slow at the moment.
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