Shaker Style End table #3: Front legs get joineried

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-07-2015 06:57 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Part #3 Mortise & Tenons...and aprons, too Part 3 of Shaker Style End table series Part 4: Glue ups. Just glue ups »

I guess that is the word for this tool-foolery in the shop today…

Sat the base unit onto the floor, needed a few things off of it

Needed one leg. That way I could do a bit of layout. Marked where a dovetail was going to go. Clamped the top rail into the vise, marked a few lines, and grabbed a dovetail saw.

Seems I needed both of the Gents saws I have, as this one is for rip cuts, the other works as a cross cut.
Needed a chisel to get rid of the waste.

This time, that mallet didn’t bounce off. Used the mallet to make a few other things happen, too. First, laid the complete part against the top of the leg, marked out where to make a dovetail socket , and cut that out. More chisel and saw work. Tried a test fit

Then laid out and cut the other end of the top rail. Looked like this when done.

Next, a bottom drawer rail. It gets a half dovetail. Again, measured out where it went on the leg, as it had to match the bottom of the aprons, too. Kind of free handed the dovetail on the rail, then used that as a pattern for the cuts on the leg

These rails go all the way through, and later connect to the drawer runners. Now, for the first of many screw-ups. Seems I lost rack of which side of the leg was which, and even went so far as a few saw cuts.

Which means NOW I will have to make a plug to patch that spot. Got things dry fitted together, had to trim a part a little bit for a better fit. Got the top and the edges and laid them on top of the framework

So, I can now go back take this mess all apart, and start a glue up, and assembly. Have to watch out, and make sure the base is square. Might take an extra clamp. While that dries, I might finish them Bread board edges, and maybe an edge treatment on the top. Still have all the drawer runner parts to made and install, once the base is assembled.

Stay tuned, I might still get a table done, in spite of myself….

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

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 07:37 PM

I need a nap, after watching you work so hard & fast!!!

Ehh…. $#!T happens!!!
Still much nicer than any table I’ve made….
Especially, since I’ve never made a table!!!

Carry one….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 11:33 PM

Nice work Bandit! I’ve got something to aspire to :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 11:24 PM

Thank you for sharing your mistakes. I’ll know how to fix ‘em when I make the same oops!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 12:32 AM

Boldly done!

Line up those tasks and knock them down.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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