Recycled timber work #24: PTLT making the frame

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-09-2014 11:13 AM 3375 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Pine and Jarrah boxes finishing Part 24 of Recycled timber work series Part 25: PTLT finishing and lining the frame »

On Friday I spent most of the day doing joints, that’s wooden joints not the plant variety!

I originally started with the intention to build the Classic Japanese style table featured in the Australian Woodsmith Magazine Issue 107.

I wanted to see if I was competent enough to make the joints so I prototyped the Front and End Stretcher in some recycled pine.

Here is a picture of the stretchers and the associated Magazine

The end stretcher is complete1:1 scale, where as the front one is a shotened in the middle version but the apron and tenon are 1:1 scale.

After I completed them I realised I didn’t have any tool to do the mortises, so I digressed and tried some alternative joints using my Kreg Pocket hole Jig

It was the construction method from the magazine I used and modified it to suit making the Table legs.

Materials and Dimensions:

The timber is the frame of a pallet dimensions were originally about 1665mm x 40mm x 85mm.

I used the three pieces, 2 x for the sides and ends and 1 x for the feet.

The overall size of the frame is 650 mm long x 460 mm wide x 260 mm high.

The ends and sides are fairly straight forward to prepare, I skimmed everything with my table saw and cut the ends at 90 Deg.

The feet as you can see in the pictures are 260 mm long with tapered legs
To obtain the taper, I used a 25 mm forster bit in a drill Press set against one side of the leg then divided the base in half at the end of the leg and drew a line back to the 25 mm hole.


The assembly is simply butt jointed with pocket hole screws and glued with Titebond III

A check for squareness then left to dry overnight.

Stand by for the next part.

Editing Note:

I was experiencing computer lock ups last night when originally preparing this blog, and after adding the correct text and photos this morning I noticed 339 reads have occurred, so I must apologise if you re read it and are confused as to the original information, I found it was so frustrating I temporarily gave up on it.

So apologises if you were one of the 339 readers, you are not seeing things or going mad it has been edited!!!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-09-2014 06:03 PM

nice work.

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#2 posted 05-10-2014 07:49 AM

You are having too much fun….

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