Trestle Table #38: Prepared Battens and Dowels

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-11-2016 03:34 AM 1509 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went back into my shop after dinner this evening so I could drill pre-drill holes in the three battens that will fasten down on the underside of my table top. They will be there to hold the board panels that I glued and clamped together so the table remains flat. I also ripped a cherry 3/4” by 3/4” piece that I bought at Home Depot last night. I plan to make my own 1/4” cherry dowels with it. I have some red oak 1/4” dowels as backup in case my handmade dowels do not turn out well. The factory made dowels are slightly less than the hole my 1/4” drill bit makes. I experimented with other drill bits I own. The 15/64 inch drill bit works if I pound in the factory made 1/4” dowels with a wooden mallet. I will go with that If I mess up the cherry homemade ones.

I put the blue tape on this table top so I could remind this old man that I measured and performed this layout of the leg assembly and the three battens on the wrong side of the table top. I guess I did all this for rehearsal. Tomorrow I will turn the top over and redo the measurement and layout.

‚ÄčThese square pieces I ripped tonight so tomorrow I can make then into 1/4 inch cherry dowels. How do I make these into dowels, you ask? From here I will use my low angle block plane to chamfer its corners. Then pound them into a round hole that I will drill into the leg assembly where the tenons are fitted into hidden mortises…

This image shows the beveled curves that I liked from the Daniel Chaffin trestle table build.

Tomorrow I should complete the build of this table. Then I can start applying the oil finish.

-- --- Happy Howie

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