Projects #1: Coffee Table - Second Project

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Blog entry by The__Dude posted 02-09-2016 04:25 AM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have my first project done, fireplace mantel.

Added a few new tools.
Thickness planer and router.

We planned down some boards to 7/8” thickness.
I clamped in pairs and used my #8 plane to match the ends.
We glued enough boards for the top and a bottom shelf.

Now I need to figure out how to flatten the tops of the joined boards.
Need to read on on this.
I am assuming #8 plane again.

I am thinking of glueing up 3×3 legs.
Not sure about the apron or how to attach the bottom shelf.

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 05:11 AM

It might not help you for this project, but what I do is glueups in stages for tops and shelves. Say I have four 6” boards that I will use to make a 24” wide top. I first glue two pairs together, to make two planks. Then I run those planks through the planer to clean up the glue line. Finally I glue the two planks together. That way you only have one glueline to sand.

For me that is a lot more efficient than hand planing the entire surface flat. As always, there are many ways to do the job.

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 03:27 PM

Make sure all your grains line up! I made a mistake on my Bench and it caused a lot of grief!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 03-21-2016 02:16 AM

I used the #8 to join the boards.

Today I am working on flattening them.

I worked a #5 about 30 degrees from the joints
Then worked #8 30 degree from the joints.

Looks good on a straight edge.

Not sure how I know when it is good enough?
Do I need a scrapper also?

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 01:04 PM

I started with my #5 at a diagonal to the glueup.
Then my #8 at a diagonal also, then rotated and did diagonal again.
Then #8 with the grain.

Then #4 with the grain
Then #80 scrapper with the grain.

Straight edge shows it is flat, and it feels really smooth.

Anything else I should do to check it?

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#5 posted 04-02-2016 01:30 AM

Cut wood for the skirt and legs.
Planning on glueing three pieces for the legs.

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 01:33 AM

Not sure about the skirt and leg connection.
One table I own has mortise and tenon.
The other has a thread with nut and a wedge.
My dining table also has this.
This is what I am thinking of doing.

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 01:18 AM

So I have been reading up, and it seems I need to do a mortise and tenon.

So the top skirt will be the tenon into the legs.

The bottom shelf will tie into the bottom skirt on the ends
These will be M&T into the bottom part of the legs.

Am I going in the correct direction?

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