Shaker Table, dealing with Cardio problems #4: Cleaning the glue-ups ..up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-28-2019 10:21 PM 176 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: A glue or three Part 4 of Shaker Table, dealing with Cardio problems series Part 5: Working on the Top of the table »

Ok, time to catch up, again….Legs have been glued up…all of them….Then they came out of the clamps, and needed cleaned up…

Between the tablesaw and a jack plane…managed to get them nice and squared up…and trimmed for length.

These 3 weren’t too bad…it was trying the do a taper…

Where things went wrong….bandsaw blade was burning things….plane wasn’t working right….then the plane went and fell onto the floor….handle first…grrrr

While it is nice I have a spare….then, I got to looking at WHY the plane stopped working..

Something isn’t quite right, here…..took the assembly apart..

So…set the plane aside, and use the “good” one. then took a little time off…..

Well, today was a different day. Turkey Day was yesterday, due to work schedules….

New blade in the bandsaw, to start with….not as much burnt wood to remove. Checked a couple other planes, to see IF they needed worked over…So, lay out a line to cut a taper..

I usually look for areas along the leg, that I don’t want…

Like big knots. By the time I cut 2 tapers, this knot will be gone. 1st cut..

Then mark out the second line, and cut again…

2nd cut. Then do the other legs….needed a way to hold the legs on the bench, so I can plane the tapers smooth..

Cut a scrap in two, drill pilot holes in each….

Cleats in use. This way, I can use the vise to push against the other cleat….leg stays put. Then a couple planes were used…

A jack plane to remove the rough stuff, then a #3 smoother to complete the job…rotate, repeat…until all 4 legs are done…NOTE: it is a good idea to mark the legs at the top…to show where the tapers are, and where the tenons will go….that way, you don’t get to the last leg, only to find you’ve tapered the wrong face…

Almost..I had to catch myself…

Tapers are done…one last step..

The “outside” corner on each leg gets a round over. I was using a bead…until I was informed that wasn’t how the Shakers did their table legs….oh well….

Next episode? Seems there is a top waiting to be worked on….
Stay tuned…


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#1 posted 11-29-2019 01:06 PM

Looks like it will come out fine. Compliments on hand planing those legs. I did one in Maple and what a task, maple such a rock hard wood to sand. Mine looks mostly Shaker. Look at my projects for the side table for anything to help with a look you wanted. Or any other projects that you might see. I also have some blog going about moving my shop to Arizona so things seem a bit confusing selling one place and starting over. I hope to see the table.

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