A Shaker Style Table, 2022 version #5: Working on that top

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-02-2022 02:32 PM 503 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When last seen, it was just 4 planks glued up..

Time has come to clean it up…and trim it down to size…

Between a coarse belt on the sander, and this Stanley No. 6c….goal was to clean off the dried glue lines, and level a few ridges…Then trim one end square..

If I can’t take this to the tablesaw….a vintage saw and the rip fence can be used, instead…, the other end

Had a blank for the bread board ends…was too short, but will help lay things out….they will sit on 1/2” tenons, so I needed to know how much to trim off…to get the top to 20” square (20-1/2” actually), then trim..

Tenons were done with a router…same rip fence to guide things..

Then rotate the panel a few times..

Then use these tenons to size the grooves in the NEW bread board ends….cross cut to the correct length, ripped to the correct width…then rip the grooves….test fit…grrrrr, reset a hair wider….and a hair deeper….because one edge had a curve to it….buzz that flat….then the glue and clamps showed up..

Yes, on these smaller table tops, I do glue the entire width….always have.

Enough clamps? Let this sit there, for a day or so….

Stay tuned…the Sunday Funnies will be later today…

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

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#1 posted 05-03-2022 01:08 AM

Old school rip fence, works every time.

I remember my father had two 3/4” boards 1 at 8’ and 1 at 4’ both had a piece of hardboard glued to one side. It was set for the circular saw. I still use 1×4 stock as a rip fence breaking down plywood.

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#2 posted 05-03-2022 01:45 AM

The Rip Fence has been in use since the 1990s…..Router table fence, circular saw guide(speed square)....Router guide fence, Tablesaw Rip fence….even been used on the bandsaw….just 3 pieces of scraps, and a few screws…

Used it this evening, to mill a few tenons

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

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