Simple Bedside Table #3: Connecting the legs

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 06-03-2018 05:34 PM 681 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Leg work, and other jobs Part 3 of Simple Bedside Table series Part 4: A PIP...waiting on clothes to dry »

Had the tenons on the aprons done…

And ran the Stanley 45 along two edges, to form a bead.

One side, then stand it up on edge, to complete the bead.

Outside corner on each leg also got a bead detail…Laid out for the mortise..

Gather up the tools to chop the hole..

test fit the tenon..

Until all parts could be dry fitted together. Top got “rounded”

And set aside….after a glue up..

Found the flattest spot in the shop’s floor, and got the top looking square with the diagonal clamp’s help

Set it up here, out of the way, and adjusted the legs until they were not splayed in or out, and the spacings were close….allow to sit a day or so….then removed the clamps…..

Needed 4 corner blocks made, so I used the mitersaw to cut some pine scrap down…corner blocks needed holes to install them..

With countersinks..had to go back and use a 3/8” forstner bit to deepen the counter-bores a tad.

Set the base into the vise, much easier to work that way..

Glue and 2” screws to install…lines are for slots to attach the top..

Drilled straight down in the middle of the lines…

Rock the drill back and forth, to create a slot, in the direction the top will move as seasons change..

Then flip the base over, and onto the bottom of the table’s top, and center it up..

One screw into each slot ( corner blocks are held 1/8” below to tops of the aprons)

Turn the table over, and back into the vise, again

Small cove bit in the router. Then sanded the sharp edges a bit. Top needed a little smoothing..

Cleaned that up…mixed up a can of Golden Oak stain..

And set the table aside to dry..

Later, I come back, sand the underside stuff smooth, and stain that…once that is dry, then a coat or two of Poly Gloss….
Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 06-03-2018 08:02 PM

Really like those tapered legs!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-03-2018 08:03 PM

Sorry if this was a bit long-winded…was trying to get it caught up….may get things done later…

Stay tuned…

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

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