part 2 - helping SPalm blog along - Moser End Tables Assembly

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Blog entry by patron posted 03-12-2015 08:24 PM 3258 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

sorry to take so long steve
this went to my spam file
i just found it

Well I doweled the legs to the sticks and beams. I went with a single half inch dowel that was six inches long. I don’t like it because the legs can rotate except for being held in place by the lower stretcher sticks. I hope it is strong. Maybe next time I will make square tenons on the top of the legs.

I started by drilling the beams from inside the mortise. I spent a bit of time and made sure my drill press was drilling straight (it wasn’t). I drilled all the way through. These will then become my drill guides for drilling the legs.

I then clamped a set of legs on the bench. I made sure everything was square and made a temporary stretcher to keep the spread correct. Then pressed the beam onto the legs and drilled through my “guide”. I repeated this for the sticks too. Every hole was numbered to keep it straight.

Then mortised the legs for the bottom stretchers. The blue tape markers are on the edges that are square to the floor. They end up on the inside corners. It is really easy to get mixed up with which edge is which.

I beveled the ends of the beams and sticks.

This is how the frame looks with all the cutting done. I like it.

Then I cleaned up the top and squared the ends. I beveled the sides of the top with a chamfer bit in the router table, but the largest bit I have did not remove enough. I would like the flat portion to only be a quarter inch or so. Maybe I will get a bigger bit, just leave it, or bevel it on the table saw.

So here it is. No scraping or sanding, or finish applied. The plan is to attach the top with screws through the beams.

Thanks for riding along,
edit later

here is part one of this blog

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 08:31 PM

it could be your i-phone or i-pad steve
i notice that some won’t send pics right or let them be cropped either
they come out sideways or so large that you cant even see them right
maybe that messes with the bandwidth or MGB thing

i’m no brain surgeon either

i do know this table looks great

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-12-2015 08:38 PM

Continues to look great Steve. In my opinion your concern about the dowels and also the tables’ overall strength (Is it enough?) is not necessary. I have faith in today’s glues, you make nice tight joints, dowels DO work and were our “go to” means of joinery for years, and lastly, they are end tables. As such, I can’t imagine you, your wife and others will place excessive weight or stress on them. Of course, there’s always that relative, chld or otherwise, who will want to sit on one!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 03-12-2015 08:43 PM

before driving the dowels
i have run the ends into the band saw for a little bit
then put a small wedge into the bottom end
(if it is blind there)
and drive it in
and drive another small wedge into the top

it makes it into a ‘rivet’ to some degree
you try to have the wedge run across the wood grain
so it tightens to the end grains
instead of splitting the parts

but sometimes they spin in the drilled hole slightly
from the drill spiral

or you could drive a small chisel after you flush them
and do the wedge thing then

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-12-2015 10:28 PM

Thanks guys, I need to think about that wedge in the dowel thing.

Or like you say it it just an end table.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-12-2015 11:40 PM

I’ve been wondering why I can’t click on your blogs with the link in my emails Steve. Hope they get it fixed.

I love Moser’s stuff too. Sweet build already.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#6 posted 03-13-2015 10:26 AM

Looks great Steve and you got some really tight beautiful joints. Your work is so meticulous. A great example for us all.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-14-2015 07:23 PM

Looking good!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 03-14-2015 09:39 PM

Looks really good, nice thinking and rational use of jigs.
Lovely to see the process.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 03-21-2015 12:22 AM

Great blog David.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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