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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 09-30-2017 08:24 PM 1541 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Apparently, LumberJocks is adding links to advertising that I didn’t include. The only links I added in this blog are on the word “design” and “Talarico Hardwoods” Obviously, we wanted a great looking table so after a bit of searching, I found a design= that we both like.

I have read about Talarico Hardwoods and since we are relatively close, I thought it would be a fun trip to see what he has to offer. OMG!! I was in heaven, a kid in a candy store, what could be better. Suffice it to say that I was able to find enough stock for this table.

I knew that the angles would present some challenges, so I made a few jigs I would need and began by making parts for a prototype from some 2×4 scraps I had. I decided the legs should be tilted at 78 degrees and made 4 jigs to hold the leg blanks at that angle.

I also made them so they would be able to hold the stretchers in place when I got to that stage of the project. The aprons are also angled and I needed a jig to hold the blanks so I could create a flat surface where the aprons meet the legs. I decided to use the jig I use to cut feathers for the corners of boxes with miter corners. I checked to ensure that it was accurate.

Then I cut the flats with a dado head.

I had decided to attach the aprons to the legs with splines because I couldn’t imagine getting a dovetail to slide into place with the angles involved and I thought regular M&T joints would be problematic as well. The beauty of the splines is that I could clamp the aprons and legs in place and then just slide the splines in from the top. However, I needed a jig to cut the mortises in the legs for the splines. The UP with the arrow is there because I used scrap to make the jig, not because the jig was meant to point that way.

I used the feather cutting jig to hold the leg at 45 degrees and placed the new jig on the angled leg with a stop in place so I wouldn’t go too far with the router. I made the slot in the top jig the width of the outside of the bushing.

That solved the leg-apron joinery issues.

The table top was too large for me to cut with the band saw so I made a circle cutting jig to use with the router. First I drilled a hole in the underside of the top to accommodate a bolt and nut.

Then screwed the jig to the router and tightened the bolt to the jig in the proper location to yield a 21” radius. Four trips around the top gave me a perfect circle.

I attached angled clamping blocks to the tops of the legs with hot melt glue so they would be easy to remove later. I forgot to take a pic at that time but you can see them in this one although it jumps ahead in the process.

As can be seen above, with the top assembled and held with clamps, I cut the stretchers to length at the proper angle and cut the half laps where the stretchers intersect. I use blue tape to help me see where I will cut the mortises. I set a mortise gauge to cut the tape and peal out the center. The tape also leaves a bit of a shoulder to hold the chisel against when starting the mortises. Obviously, I decided to use floating through tenons to make the glue up easier.

After I made the tenons, I cut a slightly tapered through mortise for the wedges. I needed to leave a flat end on the tenon for clamping, but cut off an angled piece matching the leg angle.

Once all the parts and pieces were clamped together and were fitting well, I disassembled it and glued everything together with Old Brown Glue because of its long open time. The glue session took about an hour start to finish. I left the clamps on for a couple days because of other obligations, but I think over night would have been sufficient.

I forgot to mention that I used the router to make 1/4” bevels on the top, the legs and the stretchers and there was a bit of sanding done along the way. :)

Finally, the finish is a very simple Minwax Golden Oak stain and 3-4 coats of Arm-R-Seal with light sanding with 400G between coats. We have used this before and it is what the supervisor wanted.

As always, I will be happy to answer any questions and thanks for reading along.

-- Art

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#1 posted 09-30-2017 08:54 PM

Thank you for sharing. Great project!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 09-30-2017 08:57 PM

Thank you, Steve, now I have some scraps worthy of your buffalo clock template. :)

-- Art

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#3 posted 09-30-2017 10:11 PM

I have a question, ar first the wood looks like flatsawn pine, but later it looks like quartersawn oak, are my eyes deceiving me, or was veneer used?

Very useful blog, Thanks.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 10-01-2017 01:57 AM

All good stuff as usual.
Thanks for the info.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 10-01-2017 11:27 AM

Jerry & Jack, thank you. Jerry, I should have been more clear with description. I used the white wood to make the prototype when I was making the jigs and getting the set ups dialed in for the tricky parts. Once I was back into my comfort range, I just used the oak.

-- Art

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#6 posted 10-01-2017 12:32 PM

Great project and Jig! Maybe they added advertisement to your blog because someone has to pay for this web site so we can post our projects.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 10-01-2017 03:33 PM

Phenomenal table Art, as usual. Now I’ve got to go look at my Craftsman Drawings books by Bob Lang to see if this table is in one of those volumes. I’ve got a breakfast nook that needs a table and I originally thought about a trestle table, but I like this one even better. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more of your contributions.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 10-01-2017 03:40 PM

Very nice project Art with a few of head scratchers . What looks like a simple project usually isn’t. Keep up the good work.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 10-01-2017 04:02 PM

Again, my thanks for the compliments.

James, I don’t care about the links but I wanted to give people a “heads up” if they didn’t want to look at extraneous material.

Captain. the table wasn’t in any of Bob’s books that I have, but if you like, I will send you the dimensions for the parts & pieces.

-- Art

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#10 posted 10-01-2017 04:40 PM

Nice idea on the splines. You are pretty sharp to come up with those jigs.

Once you cut a circle with a router, you’ll never go back to the bandsaw.

Great work, I like the processes you shared.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 10-01-2017 05:31 PM

Thanks, Willie, and you are correct the router virtually eliminated the need to sand the edge of the table top.

-- Art

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#12 posted 10-01-2017 06:25 PM

Here are a couple better pix:

-- Art

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#13 posted 10-02-2017 04:16 PM

Great write up Art.

Is that a Festool I see in your possession? Color me green with envy 8^)

I really like your taking the jig approach here (and putting effort into quality jigs!) Of course this means you are set for mass table production.

I take it then that the draw tenons are simply decorative (you can’t disassemble the base right?)

Also, that spline corner on the pine mockup looks a bit close to the surface, did you use a shorter spline?

Great addition to the house! I wish I could start over and make all my house pieces in the same style and finish, your patience is a virtue 8^)

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#14 posted 10-02-2017 05:05 PM

Art – great looking piece with a really thorough explanation of your process. It reminds me of a Limbert table with the splayed legs and the through tenons.

I’m with Splinter on wishing I could start over on all of the furniture in the house and make a cohesive style. I guess the different pieces tell the story of how our woodworking and tastes evolve.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 10-02-2017 09:13 PM

Splint, I am slowly upgrading my tools to Festool. By that I mean a current when one dies I get to replace it. (Un)fortunately, most of my tools have been pretty darn dependable even though they keep jumping onto the floor. haha!

I have to use jigs to get reproducible results, otherwise I feel like I am shooting in the dark. I am trying to avoid production work after my shuttering experience.

Thank you, Splint, the tusk tenons are more than decorative. If you think about the geometry of the table, any downward force would want to push the legs further apart. The tenons will prevent that possibility. The table can’t be disassembled because the aprons are glued into the legs and I did put a dab of glue on the backs of the tenons.

Regarding the long spline, no, I used long splines and cut a notch in the underside of the table top. JK The final splines were driven all the way to the bottom of the opening and sanded flush if needed.

The only furniture in the house that isn’t A&C is the dining room set and one spare bed. I doubt that I will ever replace the bed and I know that the supervisor won’t let me replace the Queen Ann dining room because it is Stickley and we paid big bucks for it 40 years ago. Oh, there is also a pair of overstuffed chairs and a sofa that also not be replaced.

Earl, thank you. There is nothing to stop you from starting over….... :)

-- Art

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