Walnut & Curly Maple Coffee Table #5: Breadboard ends

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Blog entry by Reinan posted 11-16-2017 02:03 PM 1256 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a few days of analyzing how to cope with the cup in the table top panel that appeared after glue up. I arrived at the conclusion that my original plan of using a dado blade on the table saw wasn’t going to work for machining the tongues. So I ordered a pattern bit from Whiteside machine to try and use a router and a known flat reference surface to machine the tongues after I clamped the panel flat. Worked pretty well, tongues are straight but not as uniform in thickness as I had hoped.

So after some measuring and cutting a test block, and quite a bit of fitting with a chisel and a sanding block, I managed to get one end dry fit. It still has to come off so I can drill the holes in the end, mark the locations of the holes, drill the offset holes in the tongue and install the drawbore dowels.

This is my first attempt at installing breadboard ends, and what a learning experience it has been. I should has been more careful when glueing and clamping the panel to get a straighter surface to work with, and never messed with sanding any of it until I had the panel complete. Would have saved a lot of time in the long run.

-- -Russ

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