Grandson's Coffee Table #1: getting started,

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-09-2018 03:41 AM 730 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And the fun is almost ready to start….Grandson said he wants a Coffee Table for his living room….for Christmas..
Ok…picked up another batch of Ash..

A 1×6 x 10 ( panel for the top) a 2×4 x 8’ ( legs, and parts for the vise rehab) two 1×6 x 6’ will be for the aprons….and the fellow even tossed a few scraps in with these..

Turned out..I needed that middle scrap…for one of the short aprons…First thing was to cut that 10’ plank to size…was a bit a of trouble to get it TO the shop…Tried to get three chunks 40” long..

Missed it by that much, Chief. Between the bad ends, and a couple bad knots…wound up with three @ 36”...more or less…

Was able to get out the long Jointers…and prep the edges for a glue up..

Was able to get the edges nice and square..too..

And finally some glue, clamps and cauls..

Let this sit overnight….
Today was a little bit busy….removed the clamps..

But left the cauls..for now. Hauled that 2×4 x 8’ plank to the shop…more fun…hard enough for me the get down those stairs…let alone something 3’ taller…2 crosscuts…trying to get the best out of the board…17” long leg blanks

Then set up the fence..and ripped both down the middle..

Then layout some lines, bandsaw some tapers…and clean things up with a plane..

Millers Falls No. 11 Junior Jack. There were a couple problems with a couple cuts…reset the fence, took a blade’s width of both tapered faces…finally had all 4 legs done…

Set these over on the table top…had measurements to do…

AS I needed to know what length to cut the aprons to…allowing for 1/2” tenons…I even wrote that down on paper!
Hauled the better looking of the two 1×6 x 6’ planks to the shop…cut the worst parts out…wound up one short apron blank short…..back upstairs for that scrap….all for were then ripped to 4” width….keep the best of the off-cuts, for bread board stock..

And the two bread boards..

Grandson wants a drawer, too….means one of the long aprons gets two rip cuts..

And two crosscuts..

Missing piece from the middle will be the drawer front…then glue the other pieces back together…

And set it aside for a while….the other aprons were next..

Shoulder cuts on the short aprons I could do at the mitre box….long apron was done at the tablesaw…Cheek cuts were simply a mallet and chisel….backsaw as needed. Waiting on the glue-up….then I can match the other aprons to it…about a blade thickness off each edge. Bread Boards get installed with a sliding dovetail.

Mortise jig has been adjusted, and is set up….when I get some shop time tomorrow, I can do a bit of chopping.

Have also laid out a couple cuts on the 2×4…need a couple jaws for the vise rehab….knots go to the fire pit.

Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 12-09-2018 12:25 PM

Nice blog. Love the number of photos.

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#2 posted 12-10-2018 07:11 AM

Have fun playin with your Ash!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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