Hall table #2: Finishing up the Thorsen Hall table

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Blog entry by Karson posted 12-18-2007 05:27 AM 3946 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The continuation of my Thorsen Hall table. The beginning is here My wife is happy with what is happening so far.

I suggested that I try the other Greene and Greene feature that is the breadboard spline a key between the top and the breadboard end. I used a book that I bought on Greene and Greene furniture. The book is called Greene and Greene Design Elements for the Workshop by Darrell Peart published by Linden Publishing 2005.

I got a piece of Blackwood 1 ¼” square and 5” long.

I ran it through the jointer to clean up all of the edges.

Then I went to the bandsaw and cut ¼”+ slices. Just a tad over ¼”

Then I did a ¾”- cut from each end.

I then cut them apart and cut a little bevel on the wide end. So I ended up with 4 pieces. Just the number that I needed since the table has four corners.

I took the table top and just lightly cut about 1/8” into the board on each side. I then measured the thickness of the table end. I kept cutting until the ½” tenon fit into the mortise on the breadboard side.

Sorry for the quality of the last picture. I then cut a 1” tenon on each end of the table top. And then I trimmed it to match the mortise cuts in the breadboard end.

I then slid it on. Maybe more of a pound.

Then I set up my table with a ¼” router bit and I put an upper support bracket for longer boards.

John Nixon posted a blog and in his video he showed a digital readout that he put on his router table. I chatted with him and installed one on my router table. I had just around 9/16” width on the narrow end of the inlay. So I wanted to rout a little less than ½” so I went to 0.475 of an inch.

I cut the slot about 3 5/8” and cut the end square.

I then sanded, scraped, gouged to cut a few thousands off the blackwood piece. I found the easiest was the edge of a chisel back. I could peel off wood and still control the amount of wood to take off. I then installed it into the table top.

I had to cut a similar slot in the breadboard end. When it happened accurately it looks like this.

Now to point out the un-obvious, at least to me. When you cut the table top down from it’s length of 37” to 37” with the breadboard. I cut 5” off the table top and in doing so I ended up putting the breadboard on top of the legs. So It was a little modification to the breadboards to allow the legs and aprons to fit into the previous space of a portion of the breadboard. A picture serves me well at this time.

So this is the table as it sits in the workshop tonight with a coat of Danish Oil on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 05:37 AM

Wow….spectacular Karson. Great details and I love the grain selection.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 12-18-2007 05:42 AM

Thanks Bob. That was / is some great looking wood. When I picked it up I sure thought that it was some curly grain. It wasn’t until I put the danish oil on it that it really popped.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-18-2007 06:07 AM

This is so cool, Karson. Thanks for the detail on the blackwood pieces. I’m building a box (it’s on hold) that has some G&G influences and was wondering how to do that type of detail. Just what I needed.

You’re right, that grain pops very nicely.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 12-18-2007 06:10 AM

Jeff: make sure that you cut the slots and make them square, and make it shorter than the pieces you are inserting. Take my word on that detail. I can tell you what happens if you try to cut the slot to match the length of your insert. It’s not pretty.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-18-2007 06:16 AM

Looks great, nice work.

-- Chelle

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#6 posted 12-18-2007 06:54 AM

Mrs. Morrison getting a very nice table. Looks better and better.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 12-18-2007 11:30 AM

Your table is exquisite! You really get into the detail.

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#8 posted 12-18-2007 01:01 PM

Very nice Karson!! Once again I can see how this LJ site has helped another LJ with different types of techniques in woodworking. Great bolg Karson.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 12-18-2007 04:09 PM

Great blog, Karson. And a great build on that table. Lots of good info here. Thanks

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 12-18-2007 05:22 PM

Great info, thanks!

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#11 posted 12-18-2007 08:19 PM

That is some very fine detailed work Karson. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 12-18-2007 08:43 PM

Really nice Karson,

I love them key pieces on the ends. They really add to the looks.

Great craftsmanship!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 12-19-2007 01:16 AM

I updated the post with the book information I used to make the splines for the top and breadboards.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-19-2007 12:36 PM

Hey Karson;

That is a great touch to the tables! Really sets it off.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 12-19-2007 06:05 PM

Great blog on the build…in practically one shot! You’re good at this!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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