First Try - FWW Cricket Table

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Blog entry by twobyfour16 posted 03-15-2009 07:05 PM 853 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, here we go. I’ve been messing around with woodworking for some time. Mostly just rough stuff around the house, garage cabinets, cedar outdoor bench, etc. I decided several months ago to try my hand at something a little more ambitious. Saw the plans in FWW for something they call the Cricket Table & thought it would be a challenge for me.

Wood: I work in the lumber business (mostly high end softwoods but a few hardwoods), and had the opportunity to grab something called Lenga. It is very loosely referred to as “Chilean Cherry”. The FWW article used quarter sawn oak, I think. But, for this first try I decided to use wood at hand & something I could afford. I bought enough for several tables.

Timetable: Was going to give one as a gift for Christmas ‘08. Didn’t happen.

Where I am now: I cut the “blanks” for the legs out of some 8/4 stock. I wish I would have started this blog long ago, but didn’t, so here’s my progress on the legs so far:
Cricket Table Legs

Cricket Table Legs

The legs were a challenge. I probably should not have chosen a diamond shaped object as my first attempt at mortising, but what the heck. I did the mortises on my drill press with a mortising attachment. The article advised making a jig (sort of) for this purpose, which I did. The mortises are sloppy, but I’m hoping to be able to work with each tennon & salvage a decent fit.

I also have a start on the top, so that will be my next blog entry. This is my first attempt at:
1- Blogging
2- Intermediate Woodworking
3- Posting pictures on Photobucket
So, if you have any feedback on any of this, please fire away. Thanks Lumberjocks!

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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