Cherry side table #3: Things to do on a rainy day.

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Blog entry by Wintergreen78 posted 03-03-2019 01:56 AM 589 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This had been sitting for a couple of weeks while I waited on my new plow plane to arrive. Once the plane arrived, it was missing a bolt, so this sat for a little longer while Lee Valley shipped one to me.

Yesterday I got the dados for the drawer bottom cut and glued up the drawer. Today was cleaning up the drawer, fitting the drawer, trimming the drawer bottom to size. Then I got to spend a little time with the jack plane thinning the drawer bottom.

After all that was done I put the top on, leveled the legs, and put on the drawer pull.

I still need to do a final sanding, do a little more tuning to the drawer fit, then finish with shellac and wax.

I’m making this for a friend. As it was in progress I realized I had enough cherry for another set of legs and a top, and enough maple for aprons. So while this one was on hold I started on a other. The base and the top for that are glued up, and since that one is much simpler, i’ll probably end up finishing both at about the same time.

It’s really striking to me how much the size of a mortise and tenon affects the time it takes me to cut and fit them. On the table with a drawer, I really had to work to get a good fit. The simpler table has much shorter aprons, so therefore the tenons aren’t as tall. Cutting and fitting them went a lot smoother.

Cutting the half-lap dovetails and fitting the drawer was another first for me. I’ve made a couple of sliding trays for my toolbox, but with the drawers you need to get the width and the height right. It wasn’t difficult, but there was a lot of back and forth test fitting and planing. The dovetails are a little scruffy, so I may cut some little scraps and try to plug a couple of gaps. Or I may leave them as-is and just try to do better next time. I haven’t decided yet.

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