There's A Table in There Somewhere!

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Blog series by CedarFreakCarl updated 06-19-2009 04:47 AM 7 parts 22875 reads 39 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning

03-29-2009 04:30 PM by CedarFreakCarl | 8 comments »

Good morning folks. I recently got a commission to build a harvest table for some of my fine relatives who are in the process of building a new home. They have the same affection for heart pine that I have so that’s what we’re going use for stock. They recently sold a beautiful old home that had some beautiful kitchen cabinets built with old growth heart pine. I wish I had some pictures to post here, but I don’t. Anyhow, as part of the deal, I promised to blog the whole p...

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Part 2: Milling the Stock for the Legs

04-06-2009 01:53 AM by CedarFreakCarl | 8 comments »

I went down to the my lumber heap down in the barn and retrieved a couple of 4×4’s, a 4×6 and a long (16’) 1” thick board of variable width. My intent was to get enough stock for the table legs and aprons. As you can see, there are plenty of nails to be pulled.Of course I had my trusty Lumber Wizard to make sure I got them all.Good news and bad news. First for the good news. I pulled lots of nails.Now the bad news, a bunch of them broke off due to age and rust. Nor...

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Part 3: Basic Design & Milling the Aprons

04-07-2009 04:27 AM by CedarFreakCarl | 5 comments »

Here’s the basic design that I’m using on the harvest table. I probably should have put this in the first part of this blog, but better late than never. This table will be a classic Shaker design. All mortise and tenon joinery and finished with Waterlox.I milled some more stock tonight. All I got accomplished tonight was the base stock for the end aprons. But in the process, I found what I call the “real deal” heart pine. Generally, you can judge how “old grow...

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Part 4: Tapering the Legs

06-05-2009 01:53 AM by CedarFreakCarl | 4 comments »

For any of you that were following this, I’d like to apologize for the time gap between #3 & #4, but I had to get my garden planted and also do a little work for the community. I’ll blog the community work later. Anyhow, now that all the stock for the legs has been milled square, it’s time to taper the legs. The legs on this particular table are rather large, so I had to come up with an alternate method to the table saw. I had recently read an article in one of the ...

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Part 5: Cutting the Apron Tenons

06-06-2009 01:09 AM by CedarFreakCarl | 4 comments »

Once the mortises have been cut in the legs, it’s time to cut the tenons on the aprons. After cutting the apron stock to the correct length and measuring the depth of the mortise we’ll cut the shoulders of the tenon joint on the table saw. These aprons are 3/4” thick, therefore the tenon should be 1/4”. Using the Kreg miter gauge, I’ll carefully saw the shoulders. I should have used a zero clearance insert, but was too lazy to make another, so I just used the oe...

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Part 6: Tabletop - Resawing Beams & Lessons Learned

06-07-2009 04:33 PM by CedarFreakCarl | 6 comments »

I bounced out of bed Saturday morning eager to make some more progress on the table. I went down to the shop and inspected what I had glued up the night before. Everything looked good so I went ahead and glued the end sections together with the long side aprons. I also installed the corner braces which I made from a piece of white oak I had laying around. I pinned the tenons with 3/8” oak dowels and sanded flush.Feeling pretty good about the progress, I started the milling process f...

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Part 7: Resawing the rest of the table top and well crap....more lessons learned!

06-19-2009 04:47 AM by CedarFreakCarl | 4 comments »

We had our family reunion last weekend, so by brother was in town. Long story short, I didn’t get much done last week. Last night saw me get back at it. In the last blog entry, I had encountered a nail and ruined my brand new band saw blade. I went to the Woodzone and bought a brand new 1”-3tpi blade LumberLady. I spent most of the evening putting the blade on and fine tuning my band saw. Last weekend, I went over to my place in Swansea and found some great stock in the old ba...

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