Trestle Table #40: Layout Prior to Sanding and Finish

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-13-2016 03:20 AM 1070 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I routed the mortises that will the slots that the buttons will fit in order to hold or fasten the table top to the leg assemblies.

I used my brass bars to set the depth of my upcut router bit for the button slots I was about to route.

My buttons will fit into these routed slots. They hold my table top to the leg assemblies. The buttons with the slots will allow for expansion and contraction with changes in humidity of the seasons.+

I laid out the battens and the legs on the table top’s underside. Then I took my marking knife to cut lines where these parts will be fastened to the top.

I wondered about using my smoothing plane to clean and smooth the surfaces prior to applying the finish.

I have decided to use my orbit sander and go through the several grits 80, 120, 150, 180 and 220 with 320 on the end grain edges only. Then I will apply finish coats.

-- --- Happy Howie

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