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04-14-2015 01:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cedar oak pine joining

Been busy on some other hobbies, so I haven’t done much recently in the way of woodworking, but now I’m back again for a bit.

My wife has a nice sewing machine now, but it’s sitting on a 2’x4’ plastic table from WM. At speed the thing starts to bounce around. I’d like to make her a table. At first she was saying just use cheap wood as she’d just paint it if it doesn’t look great. Personally I want to expand my woodworking some and use some of the “scrap” lumber I’ve got laying around from previous projects and stuff. So here’s what I’ve got:

It’s mainly long thin strips of 3/4” thick surfaced red oak, a few boards varying between the 1×6 to 1×10 standard sizes. I’ve also got some scrap pine (mainly from old pallets from work) and some rough sawn cedar. By rough sawn I mean one end of a board may be 2” thick and the other 1-1/2” on a 3’ long board. Random pickings there. The father in law gave me these scraps from some other projects he was doing. The guy who sawed them for him wasn’t exactly a pro, but gave him a great rate.

Now I don’t have a planer. I do have a G1023RLWX with a few different blades including an 80 tooth from HD (gives extremely smooth cuts) and a WWII. I also have a Dewalt router in the router table. I know I could use the router and a straight edge bit (I’ve got 2 sizes) to joint the boards, but haven’t tried it before so not sure how difficult it’d be or if I’d need to have a featherboard set up or not. I also don’t have either a panel clamp system or biscuit/domino joiner. I also have a pair of short (2~3’ long) Bessey parallel clamps and a pair of long (50”) Bessey parallel clamps, as well as a handful of 3’ bar clamps and a few A type hand clamps.

So I’d like to have some help on a few things here:

1) Design of the table top. Right now I’m leaning towards random width strips running the length of the table. Where some of the scraps will be too short, I’ll use two or three boards to make up one run. Basically make it look like random width plank flooring. Not sure if I’ll run into issues here or not.

2) Any tips or tricks to help with getting the panel to go together well. Whether that be jointing with the router table (in the TS), using saw edges from the 80 tooth blade, etc.

3) Any tips or tricks to help with glue-up.

I don’t have a lot of money to go into tools at this point, so I’ll have to do this project as is. I have only done one panel before and made it with 1×12 red oak boards, which after clamping cupped on me and I ended up with a curved table top on our crib end. Also on that project I had borrowed a friend’s biscuit joiner, but not being very good with it ended up with slight alignment errors, which ended up costing me a lot of time in sanding. I’m also not very good with my hand planes from HD, so I’ll only use them for light issues before hitting it with a palm sander in the end.

Any helps, tips, tricks, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, —Adrian

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 01:06 AM

Maybe wind up with something like this?

The drawer would be an option..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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