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Project by kiefer posted 05-07-2011 04:07 PM 6952 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is made from 2 layers of 5/8” Baltic birch plywood.
All top pieces are cut at a 10” degr. angle to form the dove tail grooves and matching length of scrap oak
strips are cut at the same setting .
The top plates are carefully aligned and glued and screwed to the bottom layer, then the complete top is trimmed using the bottom as a guide.
A 4” rim is attached and corner blocks glued in and rounded over. ( i hate sharp corners )
This design eliminates the normal metal tracks which are prone to pull up and cuts cost down .
The sliding clamp blocks are cut from the oak strips and are 9/16” in height to keep them below the surface
when clamping pressure is applied .
Several of my jigs will be used on this table which I will post at a later date,one mod I made is the off set of the column which tuned this drill press into a 21” swing from a 13” swing and left plenty of room for the table
without cutting a slot to fit around the column.

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 04:27 PM

Terrific idea and it looks like it’ll perform very well. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 04:37 PM

Definitely looks as if it will give many hold down options


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 05:25 PM

Looks good so far.


(Generally, typing in all CAPS is considered the equivalent of shouting. Please used standard capitalization unless there’s a good reason to do otherwise. It makes it much easier to read…)

Keep up the good work!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 05:59 PM

sorry Herb
i am used to write in caps and just find it easier but if it offends you guys i will do it like you say
grammar and spelling are not my strong side
but woodworking is my passion
btw i rewrote the post

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 07:26 PM

Very clever, Kiefer. I admire how you get so much bang for your buck. Thanks for sharing how you do it! – Joel

-- Ones' greatest strength is most often their greatest weakness.

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 07:55 PM

No worries kiefer, thank you for sharing. The biggest thing for caps is that there aren’t the peaks and valleys you get from lower case letters (the ‘k’ is taller then ‘n’ for instance). These differences in height actually allow you to read text more rapidly. There is more on the topic, but I won’t bore anyone :) Take care

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#7 posted 05-08-2011 07:41 AM

Kiefer, I like it, yet I wonder why the dovetails rather than channels for T-bolts (where the base layer is channeled w/width/depth acc to the bolt head, then an upper layer added w/gaps centered above the channels sized for the bolt. (in the end, it is a shop-made T-track).

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#8 posted 05-08-2011 04:26 PM

Thanks for the comments guys
this thing is going to take some time as I have all kinds of jigs I want to incorporate
yes Jamie there is a lot of track to put hold downs in, should be no problem finding the right spot
JP I am always glad to share and hope to receive like wise I am always open to ideas and criticism

Spence i agree with you but I think with the index jig I am going to be using with this table a dovetail track will work better (see my previous post on the index setup ) and this index setup will be more refined with a 60 tooth chain sprocket
I also think that it will make it easier to keep the track clean and the blocks will slide better I hope i am right on this LOL
please keep the comments coming and thanks again to you all


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 05:59 PM

I backtracked to see your other jigs and I get the bigger picture now. I suppose the dovetail ‘tracks’ are for more precision. Your 2 template sanding concepts are also very good… usually I see template jigs for cutting tools (router, band saw, table saw) but your desire to end up w/a sanded workpiece via a template is the better idea.
You are very creative… and also generous for sharing your ideas with us…

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#10 posted 05-08-2011 10:07 PM

Yes SPENCE more precision is what I am after and I think the dovetail track will help

thanks for your comment


-- Kiefer

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