Grandson's Coffee Table #6: Worked on the top

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-14-2018 03:06 PM 830 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Drawer works….time to work on the top..

Edges needed jointed….but…there was something else needing worked on..

If it is this bad on one face, imagine what the other face is like….calls for a different kind of jack plane..

So, what is so special about this old Corsair C-5?

Set up as a “Scrub-Jack” has a huge mouth, and an 8” radius to the iron…
First, I needed to “cut some corners”

2” radius curves….and, since the top is clamped to the bench..

I could “scrub” the high spots down at a diagonal to the grain..then turn the top end for end, cut those corners and complete the scrub of this face of the top…decided that while I was flipping the top joint those edges

Stanley No.7c for the long sides, with a clean up by the Millers Falls No. 11

Then jointed the edges of the bread board ends..

Junior took care of that. Then flop the top back onto the bench to do the other face..

A short scrub plane would have just rode over the middle….was going 90 degrees to the grain, trying to lower the “landscape” a bit…

Getting there….took awhile to get it like this..

Again, had to rotate the panel, to get to the far end…clamps and planes don’t play nice together…only had one tear-out spot….then switched to a better plane for the rest….flipped this face over….

Drilled slotted holes into the corner blocks in the base. These allow the top to move as the seasons change.
Flipped the base over onto the “bad face” of the top…added a couple screws and washers along one side…

I had centered the base along that edge..4-1/2” in from the ends, 1-1/8” in from the edge. Checked the other side…needed a clamp to pull it into square..

Only needed an 1/8”. Then added the other two screws/washers..

Washers keep the screws from pulling into the wood, yet allow the top to move. While the legs were in the air

Nailed on the foot pads…needed pliers to save me fingers, until the pad got started

Then remove the pliers, and drive the thing into place..

Still need to sand the top. needed a place for this assembled table to “hang out” for a while..

Since the table was up where I could reach all the way around the top, set up the router with a cove bit..

Sanding will “soften” those sharp edges..
As I had to use the Broom & Dustpan “dust collector”

Shopping day today…will try to get this sanded, stained, and varnished BEFORE Christmas Eve.

Just finishing is about all that is left….may post a PIP..later.
Thanks for following along…

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

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View Andre's profile


3647 posts in 2617 days

#1 posted 12-14-2018 07:19 PM

There is that broom thing again, got to get me one of them! Granddaughter used to like to use the Dust collector to clean the shop but to been to busy with school and other stuff? Table looking fine so far, not sure about the sandpaper thing, card scrapper IMHO finishes much nicer!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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3785 posts in 3159 days

#2 posted 12-14-2018 08:29 PM

Inquiring minds want to know – just how many planes do you have?

Your blogs are helping me with my analysis paralysis and spending way too long worrying about which technique is the “best” way to do things. I’ve been working a lot more efficiently and quickly. Your common sense approach reminds me that everything doesn’t need to be detailed out to the last 1/32” before getting started. Everything will fall into place as things are built.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 09:30 PM

Head count on the planes….35 last time I counted…never know when an “orphan” will show up..

I use something called Single Brain Cell Sketch Up…....yep, everything is planned out in my head…rarely set out a detailed plan…

Used to be, instead of a hard-to-sharpen metal scraper….I’d just use a freshly cut piece of glass…( free down at the local Glass Shop’s Dumpster) Easy to sharpen, just cut a new line.

Going to get things finished up, this weekend. Deadline is Christmas Eve…

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

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#4 posted 12-15-2018 12:48 AM

Really great build! Grandson should be happy with it.

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

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