Trestle Table #33: Hand Planed Table Top's Side Bevels

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-05-2016 03:47 AM 1726 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Table Top's Bevels Cut with Circular Saw Cutting Jig Part 33 of Trestle Table series Part 34: Cut Table Top's Curve with Jigsaw »

Yesterday I cut bevels on my trestle table top panel with circular saw jigs. The ends I cut at 30 degrees of bevel. the sides I had cut at 45 degrees. Today I have been using my #6 bench plane to take these 45 degree bevels on the sides to about 62 degrees. The closer I get to the finish beveled angle the thinner I adjust the blade for a shaving cut. I am getting a nice sheen smooth surface.

This plane work is being done all edges, but the ends remain at 30 degrees and the sides will finish its bevel at about 62 degrees.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 11-29-2016 04:23 PM

Hi Jim, as far as following a plan I did purchase two Taunton Store paper plans that were based on two Fine Woodworking Magazine articles. The first was Gary Rogowski’s trestle table plan in October 2010, issue #214. The second was Daniel Chaffin’s trestle table. I followed his plan the bevels and curves I cut on my table top. Fine Woodworking Magazine ran a cover article on Daniel Chaffin’s trestle table in issue #235, October 2013.

I followed both plans as closed as I could. I do not own a Festool track saw so I built two circular saw guides to make my beveled cuts on the ends and the sides. Since the sides needed further beveling I used my #6 jack plane to bevel it further to approximately 62 degrees. To cut the curves on the sides I made a bendy stick, anchored it with squeezy clamps, pencil marked the line and then cut close to the line with my Bosch jig saw. From there I used my low angle block plane to smooth the curve and also my pinnacle spokeshave to get the curves right up to the lines. This was enjoyable, a fun part of this project.

You can read my blog for this table. I went over-board in documenting my processes each day. If you have questions, go ahead and send them to me. I will do my best to get you answers.

My Annie wants me to replace our round kitchen table with the Daniel Chaffin Contemporary Trestle Table. It will be larger than this one I built for my granddaughter. I will also build the benches that Daniel Chaffin shows in the magazine.

Good luck.

-- --- Happy Howie

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