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Build a table, with Leftovers #4: Top flattened, tenons milled

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-06-2020 07:18 PM 275 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This might be a LONG post….after buying a new beltsander ( old one blew a bearing) and a few belts….got the top out of the clamps…..the only things that creaked, and groaned…were me and the clamps….

Why the beltsander? Well, rather than send one of my good planes up against dried glue….

I figured a beltsanding to almost level things out, and remove the dried blobs of glue…then, side #1 was planed flatter, and smooth,

Then flip over, and do side 2..

Plane is just a Stanley #3, type 11…..works…
Then set a few things up onto the top..

And the back legs, as well…

Because I needed apron lengths…drawer front means the back apron will be 1” long….space for the side aprons is 10” + 1/2” tenons on each end = 11” needed….that plank standing up in the far background…is to be cut into the aprons….set parts down, before they fall down…and laid out a few lines, ROUGHLY to length…

Because of that wavy edge….can’t really square a line across… not enough room in the shop to cut this down on the tablesaw..safely…

Nor at the Mitersaw Bench..

So, clamped the board into the bench vise, and used the Disston D-8…

Even have a decent chunk left over ( maybe a lid for a box?) Those wavy edges needed straight lined on one edge..

Then the fence was set to match the width of the drawer front…

NOW, I can work with these…first, I made sure they were all square on the ends, and the 2 side aprons were the same length….makes for a square table base, that way. Needed tenons milled…

1/2” long tenons, start with a consistent shoulder cut….set up the mitre saw with a stop block,...

A test cut, showed I was a hair off…

Reset, to split the lines, and make 12 shoulder cuts..

But, how to do the cheek cuts….mitre saw can’t…don’t want to use the tablesaw…and a handsaw wasn’t going to do it….took ( stole?) a tip from Roy Underhill…

I marked where the cheek cuts were to go….a wide (25mm) sharp chisel….bevel to the outside, edge right in the line..and a single, good whack with the mallet….waste went flying….move the chisel a bit, repeat, then come back the other side..

Waste is gone, tenon remains…a little rough? We have ways…

Works great. And, since I don’t want the tenons full width….bandsaw to cut a notch…or 12…

or..

Figured that will do for the day…swept the little mess..

Over into the BIG mess…

Need a decent weather day, to get the Firepit up and running…
Stay tuned…

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



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