Kid's play table #4: Table top jointing and glueup

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Blog entry by rfusca posted 07-29-2013 02:44 AM 1412 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Glue up and clamps that are juuuuuussst barely too short Part 4 of Kid's play table series Part 5: Rounded table top and back edge »

Well, due to some illness it’s been a bit since I could get back to to keep working on the table – but it’s coming along!
I opted for just two wider boards. It’s not really ‘fine furniture’ – it’s just a pine and poplar kids play table – and the wood has been in the environment it will be in (in the house) for a few weeks now. So…I’m not that worried about warping.

I put the two ~12 inch wide poplar board face-to-face and went to work with my Miller Falls plane. My #7 is in the middle of a restoration right now, so I’m going to town with the 14 inch with a straight blade. I love that plane. The weight and the handling are just so nice (except the front knob spins a bit)!

Then came time for gluing up…and I don’t have near enough clamps to do it justice. I really wanted to build a jig to just use sliding wedges, but I realized the table top was wider than my workbench – so that would have make that a bit tricky. In the end, I used my pocket hole jig from Harbor Freight (which is so well built!), glue, and the three clamps I did have. It will hold…I have faith!

Next up, 1/2 inch roundover bit on the router! Then I’ll add a short back ledge to keep toys rolling off the back.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 04:32 PM

The perspective/focus on that fist picture looks crazy, almost looks like a picture of a miniature scene for some reason.

The top is looking good man! The table is almost done now.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 04:51 PM

Ya, its the magic of an 85mm lens with a wide aperture, shooting something fairly isolated like that. Its not quite a tilt lens effect, but close.


-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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