End Table, out of Ash #1: Starting up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-22-2018 06:22 AM 633 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the Boss has decreed, she wants a new end table,,,,went to a friend’s place, and brought back a few boards

12’ of 4/4×6 ( cut in half, to fit in my van)
10’ of 7/4×4( ditto)

Plan calls for a table about 23” tall…16” wide, by 30” long…Hauled the 1xs to the shop…cut 4 blanks 30” long

3 out of the 4 weren’t too bad…#4?

All of these were from the same board? Ok…..checked the others with a straightedge..

Well, I can bandsaw the worst off. then straightline rip all the edges…then use a plane or two, to joint them for a glue up…

When I laid all three planks out, I was looking at the grain match…

Once I liked it, I drew a big “V” across all three, to keep thing lined up….WR #62 and the Stanley No. 7c to joint the edges….checked for gaps, as I went..

Was finally able to moosh some glue around..

Only thing holding these three is the glue. Called a rubbed joint….spread a bead out, sit the next board into the bead, rub the board back and forth (maybe 1-2” travel) until I feel the glue stick…repeat for the other…
Used clamps, mainly because I also needed cauls on each end..

I start in the center, then do each end…cauls and all. Let this sit a day or two…

OK, today was a short hour in the shop. Removed the clamps, but not the cauls, and set the panel aside..

It can sit right there, until needed. Hauled one of the 2×4s to the shop….needed 4 blanks, roughly 22” long.
Had to hunt & peck a bit, to avoid the worst of the knots…and splits. Then set up the rip fence, to the thickness of the boards ( 1-13/16”) and ran the boards through…...had to flip the board over…little saw does not reach high enough…Grrrrr. Wound up with the 4 squares..

I also ripped that wavy 1×6 down…

Fence was still set up for the leg blanks. I figure by the time I crosscut these 1×2s and plane them flat, they will be aprons for a bottom shelf, that the Boss also wants. Clamped those into the vise..

Hmmm…we have ways..

Let this sit a few days. I also tried a tapered leg…

Started 5” from the top….at the foot the taper leaves 1”. Marked out, rough cut on the bandsaw, leaving most of the line….Will come back later, and a hand plane to smooth the taper out flat. taper is on the two inside faces.
Went over the blank a couple times….the waste will cut the “bad” stuff off…had to make sure I got the better looking stuff in the leg, on both faces..

Two days of shop time…maybe 4 hours total…
After the Turkey Day festivities are done, I can get back to work….stay tuned.

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

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#1 posted 11-23-2018 02:06 AM

Shop is closed for Thanksgiving. Have a great time, thanks for looking in!

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

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#2 posted 11-23-2018 02:37 AM

Good luck with your new project. I am thankful for LJ’s like you and your taking time to make these posts.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 11-23-2018 03:40 PM


The end table is beginning to take shape…I always enjoy stating a new project….I like building furniture like end tables, coffee tables, sofa tables, etc…..Get lots of calls for them….I’ll be following along…!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 11-24-2018 12:49 AM

Great start on this one!

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

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