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Blog series by bandit571 updated 12-16-2018 03:47 AM 7 parts 5351 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: getting started,

12-09-2018 03:41 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

And the fun is almost ready to start….Grandson said he wants a Coffee Table for his living room….for Christmas..Ok…picked up another batch of Ash.. A 1×6 x 10 ( panel for the top) a 2×4 x 8’ ( legs, and parts for the vise rehab) two 1×6 x 6’...one will be for the aprons….and the fellow even tossed a few scraps in with these.. Turned out..I needed that middle scrap…for one of the short aprons…First thing was to cut that 10...

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Part 2: Mortises, Beads, and other stuff..

12-11-2018 02:54 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Mortises…Jig was set up… I use the tenon to lay out the mortise…roughly centered on the leg… Easy way was to just trace around the tenon, but that leads to twisted holes, IF the boards more…so, I make two marks where the top and bottom of the mortise will be…go up to the top, mark to spots showing how wide, and where the tenon will be…squares to mark across the leg…used a marking gauge to mark the side walls.. Usual suspects as to chis...

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Part 3: just a glue up

12-12-2018 05:37 AM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

By Monday standards, it was more than enough…screws were bought….glue was spread…nothing got broke..this time Used a staged approach…ends were glued up and clamped first. Set down onto the floor…then the long aprons were added with more glue and clamps. Then these things were added, try to get things squared up Finally just set everything up onto the tops….top of the table, because the top of the tablesaw was too small.. Added a few more cla...

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Part 4: A start on the drawer

12-12-2018 06:06 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Had to haul the last 1×6 x 6’ plank to the shop…5 hours later, swept the shop, called it a day. Dust collector? I let the dust settle out onto the floor, sweep it up into my DUST PAN, and dump that “dust collector” into the shop’s trash can….and, when THAT get full, I empty that into the firepit, light a match…maybe roast some hotdogs.. Anyway…removed the clamps from the glue up….no creaks, no cracking sounds….must have...

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Part 5: Drawer done

12-14-2018 01:18 AM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Going to be a short episode….rest of today’s misadventures will be in another blog…Jigged things up…Stanley 45 set up for 1/4” x 1/4” grooves.. Got the sides and the front grooved. Wide fingers on the front will hide the grooves in the sides… Took three tries to get this cut correctly 1) long enough, not square, nor wide enough, 2) long enough, square, too wide…3) long enough after trimmed, square, just wide enough..Where the back meet...

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Part 6: Worked on the top

12-14-2018 03:06 PM by bandit571 | 4 comments »

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, si...

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Part 7: Just a PIP

12-16-2018 03:47 AM by bandit571 | 6 comments »

Top got beltsanded @ 50 grit. Then a vintage sander took over.. (Yes, I tried a plane, and a #82 scraper, samders were working better) Worked through the 80 , 120, 220 grits… dusted the table off, let the dust settle awhile. Left the table on it’s top, on top of the tablesaw… Started out with the bottom areas that will show…stained a MinWax Dark Walnut. Brushed on…let sit a few minutes, wipe things down with a rag….then flipped the table over,...

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