Pine Table Project #1: Trip to Lowes, and a start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-28-2017 01:18 AM 958 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Needed something better than a TV Tray as a bedside table. Off to Lowes for a few things..

A 1×8 x 8’ was needed to build a top
A 1×4 x 8’ was needed for aprons and other small parts ( Drawer, maybe?)and
a 2×4 x 8’ was needed for leg blanks

Grand total? $20.16…....Cheap table?

Small circular to crosscut the 1×8 into three 27” long blanks…..Jointed the edges..

With a Stanley #6c small jointer plane. Laid the three down…a bit TOO wide, needed to be 17”...ripped the one blank down a bit, and jointed the edges of one piece..

Got to where I could fight some pipe clamps and a bottle of glue enough that a panel became a glue-up…

And let this set a day. This afternoon, I removed all the clamps, and cleaned the glue lines….thengot out the #6c again. to flatten both faces of the panel

This was after I had trimmed the ends square..

Hey, that IS a Vintage Saw, after all. Couple places on the panel needed a little detail work..

let the smoother earn it’s keep. Millers Falls No. 9 ( same as a Stanley #4 size)
Set the panel aside for now, and clear off the bench….

As that 2×4 was next. Mitre Box has just had that saw sharpened, time to try it out. Needed three blanks at 25” long..

Seems to work nicely. Set up the resaw jig on the bandsaw…..have to resaw the 2×4 into 2×2 ( 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”)

I kept one of those middle pieces. Why 6 blanks, when there will be only 4 legs? Nice to have a spare or two, just in case an “Aw crap” moment occurs.

Went through them, selected the best of the group…motley bunch. I placed the knotty sections at one end, these became the top of the legs. the pine below those knots was clear of any knots. I made a square line across all four tops, matching where the bottom of the lowest knot is. That’s one start point. Down on the other end, I made a mark 3/4” of the way in at the bottom edge. That saved scrap was a straightedge to connect the two points..

Like this. I then placed the “top” in the leg vise, with the “foot” rest on a small block for support.

Line is towards the bench. I made sure the line showed, and I’d miss the top of the bench. The jack plane has a cambered iron. used it to hog off the waste, working my way back toward the top of the leg. Once I was almost to the line, all along it, I switched to a different plane..

yep, that old #6c again. Object here was to smooth things out along the line, until a single full width shaving came out. Then rotate the leg, make another line, and plane to the new line..

And that is how I get a tapered on two faces leg. One down, three to go. Top is still 1-1/2” square, but the toe is 3/4” square. Tapers will be on the two inside faces, as will the mortises for the aprons.

I WAS going to turn the legs….too much stuff sitting on the lathe right now, can’t get to it, even. Just as easy to taper the legs…Shakers did these either way.

Next up? Tapering the other three legs, then decide on whether a drawer will get made. Then I can figure out the aprons. Stay tuned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 10:39 AM

Very good, Bandit … can’t wait to see the finished product!

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#2 posted 03-28-2017 02:35 PM

Nice post! Good luck with the table!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 03-30-2017 03:58 AM

deleted may have been duplicated else where

-- Regards Rob

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