Trestle Table #30: Through Tenons & Table Top Layout

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-02-2016 01:56 AM 1598 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: Through Tenon Mortises Cleared for Wedges Part 30 of Trestle Table series Part 31: Whoa, Let's Be Safe With These Bevel Cuts »

I used a 2 inch diameter circle to round the corners of these through tenons that will contain the wedges for this trestle table

My plans for this top will be to pattern it after trestle table designed and built by Daniel Chaffin. He wrote a Fine Woodworking article published in the September/ October 2013 issue.

From the image in the magazine article and attached here, you can see the light reflected from the wonderful beveled side…

The underside of the table top has two bevels:
(1) for the ends that are crosscut straight the bevel is cut at 60 degrees.
(2) the sides that has a smooth curve cut from end to end on each side after bevels on those sides are first cut with a saw at 45 degrees and then beveled further with a hand plane to 64 degrees.

For the thickness of my table top and with a 64 degree bevel that requires I make the curves start on the table’s top 1 7/16 inches in from the ends on each side.

To sketch the curve I rip cut a long thin strip of hardwood on my table saw. It will be at least 64 inches long. At about 3/16 inches thick will make it easy to bend and thick enough to hold its curve as I draw the curve on the table’s top with a thin pencil.

The attached photo shows my layout of these two bevels at one of the top’s corners.

-- --- Happy Howie

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