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Blog series by Dave Polaschek updated 10-06-2021 07:46 PM 4 parts 3852 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: Introduction, Legs, and Battens

10-04-2021 02:25 PM by Dave Polaschek | 12 comments »

My sweetie told me that we need a new table for the portale (it’s like a patio, but in New Mexico), because we didn’t have enough for everyone to have a place to set their drink if we have neighbors over for cocktails. Since I like cocktails, I got cracking. First up was turning some legs. I ripped four boards off a 19” long piece of 5/4 ash, and fired up the lathe. Next I cut some pine 1×3s down to 15½” long. I’ve got lots of spare pine from making the bookcases, and gluing tw...

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Part 2: Top

10-04-2021 06:05 PM by Dave Polaschek | 5 comments »

As promised, next up was the top. Well, it was partly before the legs, and partly after, since there was a long chunk of glue drying in there… Anyway, I used a 1 inch Forstner bit to make holes along a five-inch line an inch from the edge of each of the two 1×8s I was going to glue up. Took a coarse rasp to smooth out the bits between the holes (which serve as a handle, or as a relief for flatulence) and then glued the board together. Used my smoothing plane to clean off the s...

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Part 3: Softening the Edges, Finishing

10-04-2021 09:20 PM by Dave Polaschek | 17 comments »

It’s been a productive day, with a third shop-session. Aside from turning the legs and gluing up the top, nearly all the work (to this point) on this table happened in a single day. Whew! First up was trimming the ends of the battens to match the size of the tabletop. No big deal, I grabbed the dovetail saw that was on the bench to do the job. Then it was time to round the corners. I found a handy template in the shop, and drew some lines. Then cut the corners round using my ...

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Part 4: Turning the Legs (#0 ?)

10-06-2021 07:46 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

I turned another set of legs this morning, and figured I would take pictures and describe the process. With the square stock (5/4 square), turn it between centers to get a round tenon about 1.2” diameter on one end so I can put that in my chuck. I use a spindle gouge for that, since all I need to do it get things round and then a little more wood off. This is done with my lathe at a fairly slow speed. About 3 on the speed selector (out of 10). I do this for all four legs, as I’m...

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