Cocobolo and Leopardwood Table : Process pics. #4: Apron Frame & Front Rail Joinery

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Blog entry by jeth posted 02-04-2016 07:51 PM 1575 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all (echo,o,o,o) several hundred “reads”, no comments, so either you’re all riveted to your seats awaiting the next installment, or that’s several hundred open page, scroll down a bit, go read something more interesting. Not wanting to leave this half way through I shall proceed with the upper aron frames and front rail joinery.

The apron panels were to be framed with pieces of leopardwood. Here you can see the top pieces which are grooved to fit onto a rabbeted lip on the top edge of the panels and have a stub tenon at each end which effectively forms a haunch to the existing panel tenons.

Here you can see how they couple with the panels

In order to have this glued up as a solid structure before starting on the lower frame, which would include the drawer runners and guides I proceeded with the front upper and lower rails to tie the whole thing together. The lower rail would fit the double mortises on the inside face of the front legs.

Just two joints to cut so no machine set ups, handcut was quicker.

Onto the upper rail, I cut a shallow rabbet on the ends then sawed tails.

I sat the piece in place, the shoulders formed by the rabbets help to locate it as well as hiding any untidiness in the joint once assembled. I Scribed the tails with a marking knife.

I roughed out the sockets with the router then finished them with a chisel.

These rails were then faced with a strip of leopardwood on their show faces. Here you can see the upper rail being planed flush.

This next pic is jumping ahead a bit, but it would be a shame to show you how I cut it and not how it ended up in the same place so here it is assembled.

Ok, all for now, thanks for reading, if you did ;) Next up will be the leg shaping and gluing.

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 09:32 PM

I’m reading this, and really enjoying it. Keep up the great pics and details.

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

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 10:53 PM

Thanks shampeon. I started the blog because a couple of people commented on the project post that they’d be interested in seeing process pics, after several installments it seems odd to keep rattling on with no feedback at all, but doesn’t seem right to stop mid process either. I feel better knowing at least someone is interested, so if only for you I shall see it through.

By the way, when you posted on the previous installment with the info regarding photo size, where did you get that info as I had searched about and couldn’t find anything here?

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 01:12 AM

It’s kind of buried, but it’s in here:

There’s a note saying the content area is only 640 pixels wide. So if your photo hosting service has a way to link to smaller versions, use that. Or upload it using the embedded image wizard when you click the “img” button.

And I wouldn’t get too discouraged by the lack of comments to your blog posts. Sometimes it’s because everything is so clear from the pictures and descriptions. 8^)

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

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 04:25 AM

Great following along, very nice blog.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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