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Trestle Table #23: Next Step: Shape my Leg Parts, Then Glue-up

10-27-2016 03:48 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

With the fit of my leg’s mortises and tenons, it is time to shape the leg parts. Today I will use my shape templates for the Cap and Feet to draw a pencil line. Then I will cut those shapes on my bandsaw. For the legs itself, I will cut its taper on my table saw. I just am not comfortable in getting straight cuts on my bandsaw without blade drift. First, I will check if my leg taper jig will work for cutting the taper on these trestle table legs. If not, I will make a taper jig sp...

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Trestle Table #38: Prepared Battens and Dowels

11-11-2016 03:34 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I went back into my shop after dinner this evening so I could drill pre-drill holes in the three battens that will fasten down on the underside of my table top. They will be there to hold the board panels that I glued and clamped together so the table remains flat. I also ripped a cherry 3/4” by 3/4” piece that I bought at Home Depot last night. I plan to make my own 1/4” cherry dowels with it. I have some red oak 1/4” dowels as backup in case my handmade dowels do...

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Trestle Table #35: Curved Beveled Table Sides

11-06-2016 08:03 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Today I used my low angle block plane to smooth the curves I had cut with my jigsaw yesterday. These curves were marked in pencil by following a thin strip of hardwood bent between the ends indented 1 7/16 inches inside the corners and pulled out to the middle of the sides. My Bosch jigsaw fitted with a hardwood blade made a nice tear free cut. I was not sure how I was going to clamp the table top. The way it ended up was by accident. It was clear that I needed to soften the top̵...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #49: My Transmutable Bench

04-27-2015 03:27 PM by Gary Rogowski | 0 comments »

In the middle of a storm, commonplace things change. My bench for instance. When building a piece for a deadline, my recognizable bench becomes a place of chaos, a haven for every tool, every piece of scrap wood, for every note and drawing, dull tool, and a ready to hand assortment of screws and sandpaper, most of which I will not use. A place for everyone and everything. Emptying it will take days. It becomes not just a symbol of my own tumult. It is a signal of the state of my mind. Seemi...

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Trestle Table #7: Mortise Plunge Router JIGs

09-05-2016 05:31 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Since I am following a Gary Rogowski trestle table plan for its dimensions, I will follow or use his method for routing mortises in the trestle legs. He uses a simple jig for plunging mortises with his router. I will make these jigs today. So I could either make the trestle leg assemblies or prepare and glue my table top. I don’t know yet what I will build beyond the jigs. I will see how it goes. I may need to purchase a special sized router bit. If so, then I will be making a tri...

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Trestle Table #24: Cut Curves and Planed the Mill Marks

10-28-2016 02:58 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Today I cut the curved leg parts at my bandsaw. With my Wood River low angle block plane I removed the saw marks. The burn marks were done with my 1/4” bandsaw blade. I replaced it after cutting my first leg part; a foot. I replaced that blade with a 1/2” Wood Slicer bandsaw blade for my 17” Grizzly G0513ANV bandsaw. I was pleased to learn that I could use my leg taper jig for tapering the legs for this trestle table. I placed blue painter’...

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Trestle Table #42: Selected a Finish and Applied First Coat

11-15-2016 12:59 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I decided to test a few finishes in order to determine which I will apply to this trestle table. I gathered some small cherry sample. I made a trip to my local big box store for a can of Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) as well as a gallon can of denatured alcohol and an additional can of natural Watco Danish Oil. These new additions go along with my Zinsser Shellac Seal Coat sanding sealer. My Annie picked the BLO for use on this table. She liked the darker finish as well as how it highlighte...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #20: Joinery Choices

08-21-2014 08:19 PM by Gary Rogowski | 0 comments »

The value of a classical education is in the laying of a foundation for your work to follow. One learns joinery in order to learn accuracy plus patience and the myriad ways there are to build. For instance, there are a dozen or more ways to build a box, but each situation requires an evaluation and then a decision. Your decision on joinery will depend upon factors like your knowledge or skill, the available tooling options, economy or speed, enjoyment, and finally how late the project is. [If...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #7: Finishing Makes the Difference

07-10-2014 05:49 PM by Gary Rogowski | 0 comments »

How do people engage with your furniture? They look at the form first of course. If they like the shape ofa piece, then they approach it. They eye it to see the wood and the sheen of it. Always, without fail, the very next thing they do is touch the piece. Everyone loves to put their hands on wood because it’s warm, it’s inviting. And if there’s a finish on the wood, then what folks will be touching is that finish. You have to pay attention first to how that finish looks and next how it feels...

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