Trestle Table #25: Leg Assemblies

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-29-2016 02:05 AM 1021 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 24: Cut Curves and Planed the Mill Marks Part 25 of Trestle Table series Part 26: Cut Through Tenons on Stretcher »

Today was an enjoyable day in my shop using my bench planes and spokeshaves. For the flat surfaces I used my Wood River #4 smoothing plane to flatten and prepare them for assembly and glue up.

I used my newly made adjustable bench dogs built from a Woodsmith plan to pinch down the parts so I could plane their surfaces.

With my leg parts pinched between my Veritas panel clamp and the newly made Woodsmith adjustable bench dogs I smooth planed all the flat surfaces. The adjustable bench dogs worked okay. They had a tendency to be lifted up a bit. What they do is enable me to quickly adjust the length of the Veritas adjustable vise without having to crank it a great distance.

With my Wood Slicer 1/2” blade in my bandsaw I am confident that I can make this last cut on this trestle table’s feet successfully.

I also used my spokeshave to round-over the sharp edges of the curved surfaces.

I believe doing this will give me a great look on this project as compared to a router bit round-over machine look. To start the spokeshaved round-overs I etched approximately a 1/8” inch pencil line boundary to shave to.

After completing the round-overs this project was ready for gluing and clamping the leg assemblies.

I kept the cutoffs from the footer to use to shim the clamping of the cap and the foot to the leg.

My next step will be to cut the through tenons on the stretcher that will hold the leg assemblies together so the table top can be fastened to the legs. Thin wedges will hold the legs to the stretcher.

-- --- Happy Howie

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