Forge table #8: Undercarriage

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-10-2021 09:03 PM 388 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Undercarriage and attaching the legs Part 8 of Forge table series Part 9: Starting to finish »

I started the day making four new stretchers for the undercarriage. Where these would’ve taken me all day if I had done them last week, I’ve gotten more confident at the lathe and take bigger cuts and I finished roughing all four in an hour.

For each of the stretchers, I used the hollow auger to make one end a half inch. This end will go into the leg.

Then I trimmed the other end to the right length and used the tapered tenon cutter to make it taper. I used the matching reamer to widen the holes in the hub I turned yesterday, and to correct them to closer to the correct angle (not shown).

Then I sawed slots in the leg end of each stretcher for a wedge. It turned out that my offcuts from yesterday’s wedges were nearly the right size and just needed a little bit trimmed off to make them perfect.

Then it was glue-up time. Glue on stretcher, stretcher into leg, align the slot horizontally, glue on wedge, pound in the wedge.

With all four in, put glue on all four hub ends, wiggle the hub in, and then put one glued wedge into the loosest of the four hub holes to tighten everything up.

Once the glue has dried overnight, I’ll trim the legs so they’re all the same length and the table sits level, pare off the wedges and the ends of the stretchers, and sand and oil the table. Should have it done in a couple days.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-10-2021 10:37 PM

This table looks pretty nice, good work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 01-10-2021 10:53 PM

Thanks. Getting there. Still have to bend the diamond-plate for the top yet, but that’s after I get a coat of oil on.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-11-2021 12:11 AM

You sure you want to put your forge on it? Looks too nice to me ;-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 01-11-2021 12:51 AM

You haven’t seen it up close, Duck. Buncha things I practiced on this one that I’ll do better next time around. Plus, it’s a nice forge.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-11-2021 02:00 AM

Maybe add a stone slab to the table’s top, to set the Forge on? Looks good.

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

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#6 posted 01-11-2021 02:15 AM

I’ve got a chunk of 18 gauge aluminum diamond plate I’m going to bend to fit the top, Bandit. Figured that would be easier if I later want to repurpose the table for something else.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-11-2021 03:18 AM

pretty nice forge table dave your gonna show up most of the forgers,i dont think many are woodworkers like you.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 01-11-2021 03:43 AM

Thanks, Pottz. Many hats here, I guess.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 01-11-2021 09:34 AM

That is one good looking table

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 01-11-2021 01:06 PM

Thanks, Peter.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 01-11-2021 02:35 PM

The table is good enough for the house. Nice job Dave

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 01-11-2021 05:53 PM

Thanks, Dave. I may end up building some furniture for the house, and I have a rocker that I got from my mom that needs to be repaired one of these days, so this was practice. Good practice, even.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 01-26-2021 02:00 PM

Really jealous on that hand cracked tenon cutter.
Fine blog and work Dave, just walked through it.
Hope you are well.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 01-26-2021 04:27 PM

Thanks, Mads!

That tenon cutter is the Veritas one. Classic Hand Tools in the UK is a dealer, but now that Brexit has happened, I’m not sure if there’s a European distributor or not. You could maybe check the Veritas website…

We’re doing well. Our neighbor who caught COVID in late November is in the hospital for the third time, so we’re helping his wife with chores around the house a bit. Between that and replacing some halogen lights in the house with LEDs, I haven’t had a lot of shop time the past week, but that’s ok. I’ll enjoy it more when I get back to things.

I’ve also been working on an art project on my morning walks. Every morning since Christmas I add a rock to the fence on the path near our mailbox (1 km walk from home). It’s coming along. After a windy day, some of the rocks are back on the ground. When the weather is nicer, there is another person who sometimes rearranges the rocks as well.

Hope all is well with you, my friend!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 01-26-2021 05:19 PM

Pretty sure Mads is after your hollow auger tenon cutter.

They never seem to crop up this side of the Pond for some reason,

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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