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Trestle Table #36: I'm Not Sure How to Fix This Top

11-08-2016 03:22 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I have used my #6 and then my #4 smoother to get this point. I am not certain if I continue it will get better. Can you see the valleys? Tomorrow I will resharpen my blades and continue with planing this top’s surface, but I am wondering if I should use my card scraper or go to sanding. Any suggestions?

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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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Trestle Table #34: Cut Table Top's Curve with Jigsaw

11-06-2016 01:25 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I had a very busy day today outside of my workshop. After coming back home from important family business, I decided to purchase some new jigsaw blades. I had run test cuts on some scrap pieces of wood. I determined that I needed at least two types of blades and these were dedicated for cutting hardwoods. I bought two different sets of blades from my local big box store. When I got them home I performed another test in order to verify its results I selected the Bosch T101BF blade lab...

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Trestle Table #33: Hand Planed Table Top's Side Bevels

11-05-2016 03:47 AM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

Yesterday I cut bevels on my trestle table top panel with circular saw jigs. The ends I cut at 30 degrees of bevel. the sides I had cut at 45 degrees. Today I have been using my #6 bench plane to take these 45 degree bevels on the sides to about 62 degrees. The closer I get to the finish beveled angle the thinner I adjust the blade for a shaving cut. I am getting a nice sheen smooth surface. This plane work is being done all edges, but the ends remain at 30 degrees and the sides wil...

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Trestle Table #32: Table Top's Bevels Cut with Circular Saw Cutting Jig

11-03-2016 11:28 PM by HappyHowie | 4 comments »

Today I completed making the circular saw cutting jigs. I have one jig that is 60 inches long for cutting the 45 degree bevel of the sides of the table top. The other jig is 36 inches long for cutting the 30 degree bevel on the ends of the table top. After fixing the fence to the top of the jigs with screws, I then cut the bevels with my Rigid circular saw. Once I had the jig trimmed to the saw blade with that angle, I was able to lay the jig on the top side of the table top and alig...

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Trestle Table #29: Through Tenon Mortises Cleared for Wedges

11-01-2016 01:24 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I spent a lot of time today working with my hand chisels to clean the drilled holes I made yesterday. These are the through mortises for the wedges that will hold the legs together. They give the trestle table its strength. I did take my time to clean these mortises so they would let the wedges through but would not have a sloppy fit. I even used my magnifying glass to see the mortises and the use of my hand chisels clearly. I was glad I had these Rockler purchased lighted magnifyi...

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Trestle Table #28: Angled Mortise Cut in Thru Tenon

10-31-2016 03:25 AM by HappyHowie | 3 comments »

Today I setup my 8 degree sled up on my drill press so I could drill small 1/4 inch holes in order to make the mortises in which the wedges will hold the legs tightly together. I clamped the stretcher to the sled and then aligned the mortise hole under the drill bit. Then I clamped everything down tightly. The mortise will be made where the XXXs mark the spot. You can notice the 8 degree angle marked on the sides of the tenon for the mortise. Since my drill bit was not very long I had ...

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Trestle Table #27: Fitted Through Tenons into Leg Mortises

10-30-2016 08:43 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

This morning I am fitting the stretcher’s long tenons into the leg’s through mortise. A bit more hand chisel work and I will have it. After both through tenons fit well, then I will cut a through mortise angled at 8 degrees. That mortise will be through the tenon’s top and drilled or cut all the way to the bottom of the tenon. However, a part of the mortises’ top will be hidden into the leg and more of it hidden at the tenon’s bottom. The wedge’s...

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Trestle Table #26: Cut Through Tenons on Stretcher

10-30-2016 02:15 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I have been very pleased with the leg assemblies I glued together yesterday plus this test cut of the through tenons I will be cutting soon on the trestle table’s stretcher. The through tenons are 3/4 inches thick and just over 3 inches long. To cut these tenons I use a 3/4 inch tenon spacer on my table saw’s multi-use RIP fence jig. The spacer is 3/4 thick plus the kerf’s width of my Freud RIP blade. The test cut tenon fitted right off from the cuts made on my tabl...

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Trestle Table #25: Leg Assemblies

10-29-2016 02:05 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

Today was an enjoyable day in my shop using my bench planes and spokeshaves. For the flat surfaces I used my Wood River #4 smoothing plane to flatten and prepare them for assembly and glue up. I used my newly made adjustable bench dogs built from a Woodsmith plan to pinch down the parts so I could plane their surfaces. With my leg parts pinched between my Veritas panel clamp and the newly made Woodsmith adjustable bench dogs I smooth planed all the flat surfaces. The adjustable bench ...

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