Arts and Crafts Coffee table project #4: Its all starting to come together- despite a few goofs

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Blog entry by Cato posted 06-07-2012 01:59 AM 9726 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Thru tenons for table shelf Part 4 of Arts and Crafts Coffee table project series Part 5: Closing in on the finish line »

Finally have gotten back into the shop and out of the garden tasks for a few days anyway.

So after dry fitting the coffee table base and cutting the mortise for the shelf, I milled and glued up the shelf and cut the through tenons and fit them.

Now I have milled the walnut for the table top and also the mahogany bread board ends.

I had some trouble with the tenons for the bread board ends, and if I ever build another I will go with a thicker tenon than the 1/4 inch one the plans called for. It was hard working on such a narrow tenon for a 24 inch width.

Cutting the 1 inch deep mortise in the bread boards was a little nerve wracking and the router table spit one back at me and I had to let it go.It was on the last pass at the 1 inch depth of cut and I was almost done when I heard a different pitch in the router and felt the board starting to get grabbed by the bit as in a climb cut.

I’m not sure what caused the kickback, but at least I heard the change in the router, which was an alarm bell and I knew something was going to go south quickly as the board started to move against my feed direction.

So had to mill another piece and rout another mortise very carefully.

After I fit the table top tenons to the mortise I had to drill and chisel out the pegs on each end using a square hollow chisel. My first time using one and it went well.

So after a lot of fitting and shaping of tenons today I am starting to see the end in sight.

Here is a dry fit before I start sanding the table top, cutting the pegs for the breadboards, and making some buttons to hold the top to the table.

My last pic is one of a very useful plane I used for fitting the large tenons on this project. It is a LN 042 shoulder plane with a 3/4 wide body, so it is ideal for this task.

My next steps will be to break down the dry fit and after sanding the table top I will have to tape and mask off tenons and mortises, because I will be dyeing the walnut much darker than the mahogany for a contrasting effect.

This will need to be done prior to the final assembly glue ups.

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 02:08 AM

came together great! we all goof up – the real craftsmanship is hiding it so nobody will ever know

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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