Cocobolo and Leopardwood Table : Process pics. #2: Apron Panels and a Start to the Legs

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Blog entry by jeth posted 02-01-2016 04:12 PM 1594 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all, things have been deathly quiet on the first installment of this blog, which I started due to interest on the project I posted here. Having started, I should go on, so in this post I’ll show how the remaining veneered panels for the table aprons and the legs came together.

Here is the substrate for one of the small side apron panels being planed up, with the thick re-sawn veneer that would be stuck to it.
The substrate is a piece of Primavera and I did not back it with a “balancing” veneer. The apron panels are small and would be firmly held into the legs by tenons across almost their whole width, so I didn’t expect them to have much possibility of moving on me.

Here are the two side apron panels veneered and smoothed. I glue up these thick veneers rough sawn and over thickness so I can get down to the required dimensions after glue up. Again these were just clamped with cauls.
These panels look like little landscapes with the rich brown of the heartwood forming hills, the sapwood sky adorned with cloudlike forms inked in by the spalting, and if you look closely there seems to be some kind of strange primitive dwelling, like an igloo, on the horizon.

Shooting square and too size…

So, before I cut my tenons I need some mortises, and for that I needed some legs. I carefully chose stock for grain that fit the leg profile, re-sawed my blanks at the bandsaw and milled the inside faces square. I then gave Big Ears a shout to help me cut the mortises…. (if you haven’t met Big Ears see part 1)

When I started out on this table I didn’t have a finished plan, the panel sizes I obtained dictated the general dimensions but the details were to be developed. I did however have an idea of the legs I wanted, the general shape I had seen on something I liked so I did a sketchup drawing to obtain the pattern. From there on in the drawing remained open and I tweaked parts of it as I went along to help me resolve the details.

I drilled/chopped some small mortises for double tenons on the lower front rail.

Here side and rear aprons after cutting tenons at the router table and tidying up by hand.

The parts so far…

All for now, to be continued…

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 04:14 PM

Does anybody have any tips regarding placing photos in blogs?? My pics seem to display with a slice cut off the right hand side, despite having resized to 1000 pixels width before uploading to photobucket and gone back to resize each of them to 600 pixels width within photobucket, nothing seems to change…any ideas??

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 01:36 AM

Maximum width is 640px. I believe photobucket has an option to link to a resized image.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 01:46 AM

Thanks shampeon. As I said I resized before uploading to photobucket and again within photobucket ( to 600px width) but no change.

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#4 posted 02-06-2016 11:05 PM

I’m really enjoying your blog on how you built this. Love to see a nice project come together. Look forward to the next installment!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#5 posted 02-06-2016 11:20 PM

thanks raven.. a bit later I hope to put up another post, glad you’re enjoying it!

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