Pine Table Project #5: Mortise work and other things

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-03-2017 11:49 PM 1019 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, time to get caught up with this thing..

Had two of these to do for the back apron

Had two of these to chop out for the bottom rail of the drawer opening..

And the top rail gets a dovetail on each end….finally got the whole mess into the clamps

and let this sit a day…..Monday, the shop is normally closed…not today…got the base out of the clamps.

Checked the drawer, again…needed the front planed flat..

Works for me.. Corner blocks…were to be dovetailed into the aprons…thought about, decided to do it the old way..Ganged four of the up and drilled a counter-bored hole..

Then attached them with glue and screws..

I needed a kicker to keep the drawer from tipping down when it gets pulled out….friction fit with glue

Drawer runners, and guides..

A thin slice of wood was glued and nailed to the side, to match the offset of the leg, and have the drawer slide along it straight, the runners are just 1×1s glued and screwed in place, There is a stop block way back there, set so the drawer stops flush with the front rails.
Something like this. The top?

Decided against the breadboard ends, would have been too much overhang. Ok, I could then round the corners of the top.

While I was working on the drawer runners/guides, noticed the non-beaded corners of the legs looked…too plain
we have ways..

Tried a block plane at first, then got better results with the spokeshave.. Then sandpaper to smooth the ridges left by the shave….
I cleaned off the bench, laid the top down on it’s “good” side.. screws were needed.

Corner blocks have slots drilled into them and the kicker has predrill holes, slots allow the top to move, while the kicker keeps the top “centered”

While the table was sitting on it’s top: I had a combo square set to 1-1/8”, and set thereveal all the way around to that, while attaching the top with just the screws. Then while the table was sitting on the bench, a coat of the Infamous Witch’s Brew was added to the underside of the top, the legs, and the aprons, everything except the edges of the top…needed a way to flip it over..

Then flipped over..

And the entire top was done. Drawer needed a knob, of some sort…found an old finial that happened to have a threaded insert in it’s base…..cut the skinny part off, rounded the leftover part..

Bolt was a tad short, I needed to counter bore from the inside. Got the knob installed, drawer front coated. and slid the drawer almost the entire way in..

Letting the dovetails dry…..and that will do for the PIP. Will wait until the BLO smell leaves the shop..might get a second coat….we’ll see. Next up? This MAY get posted as a Project? Be fun…

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

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 12:39 AM

Looks pretty good. Might change my mind about pine.

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 01:02 PM

Good job, Bandit … enjoyed the blog! So what again do you keep in the secret compartment?

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 01:13 PM

Then it wouldn’t be a secret, then, would it…

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

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