Joinery Bench #20: all parts sanded, 3 coats shellac, corners broken, Lie-Nielsen dowel plate installed

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-07-2018 02:48 AM 1636 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Can see light at end of the tunnel! All joinery completed and dry fitted to satisfaction. Part 20 of Joinery Bench series Part 21: Drawbore pins made, spacer blocks installed, example of bad offset measurement, base complete »

All parts taken outside this nice breezy 75 degree Reno, NV day for sanding 240 grit outside (good ‘ol Workmate 450!).
Notice mortise error in pedestal. Was distracted and read the wrong lines. Cut out not just tenon area but whole work piece area.
Broke all corners with a block plane.
3 coats of Shellac Sealcoat.
Configured pedestals with front & rear roundovers and made feet.
Installed Lie-Nielsen dowel plate on table top to sit 1/16” under flush. Drilled exact holes all the way through. Made 8 3/8” x 4” dowels out of straight grain oak (these will be the pins for the 4 vertical columns to the feet). Many more to go but for another day.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 02:52 AM

I was surprised at the effectiveness of a dowel plate. Man do they work.

Nice work bud.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 03:22 AM

Bought the dowel plate… like 3 years ago and it sat collecting dust because I had no real home for it (where I could beat wood through). This joinery bench has solved that issue :) Very happy with the dowel plate. Cut a little over 3/8” square oak rods, sharpen the ends, whack a couple time to make sure it’s seated, chisel down the corners while it is seated, and goto town. I do have to use the yellow punch to get the dowels out. Maybe I should wax the holes.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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