Dining table inspired by the Greene & Greene Thorsen table #15: Leaves and Tops- Finishing Touches

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 07-06-2017 09:47 PM 3420 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Assembling the Leave Edges Part 15 of Dining table inspired by the Greene & Greene Thorsen table series Part 16: Starting the pedestal bases »

With the edge pieces assembled to the leaves, I can finish up trimming the long edges. I start by making up a straight edge with a shallow rabbet to guide the router. Clamped to the leave, I route the ends of the edge pieces flush.

The rabbet allows the straightedge to lay flat and clear the slightly raised edge pieces. I trim the edges with a flush trim pattern bit.

For now I will leave the outside edges of the leaves about 1/16” oversize and trim to final size after I have the table assembled. This way I can make any final minor adjustments to be sure everything aligns perfectly.

Next I route the slots for the splines in the table edge. I set up the router with a slot cutter.

By carefully positioning stop blocks along the table edge I can control the length of the slots. I route the slots very slowly and carefully as any tipping of the router will ruin the slot.

The finished slots mill away the screw holes and will be filled with ebony splines.

For now I will hold off on the ebony accents and finish sanding until after I complete the pedestal bases.

Next I start working on the pedestal bases. The bases for this table have unusual, angled geometry. As I have been looking over my design drawings and comparing them with the original design by the Greene brothers, I came to the conclusion that my legs might be too heavy visually. The geometry of the base exacerbates the problem visually since the legs will be viewed at an angle. The viewer sees two sides of the leg, making it seem visually larger than it is.

I decided to redesign the base with smaller legs, closer to the original Greene design in cross section. A quick revision in AutoCAD yielded the new design. I sort through the scrap bin and find some 3/4” plywood to create a quick prototype so I can validate that my new design looks correct.

I place one of the elliptical tops on the prototype base to be sure the everything looks good and to check the overhang is comfortable. Everything looks good so far.

Next Step: Selecting and rough cutting the material to fabricate the two pedestal bases.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#1 posted 07-07-2017 06:37 AM

This has been, truly, one of the best series that I have viewed on this site ! Thank You for sharing it with us mere mortals.

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 12:32 PM

It has been an interesting build for me so far and I’m glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for following along!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 07-11-2017 09:33 PM

I like that you’re taking your time and being methodical—you’re going to end up with a table you can be very proud of!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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