Dining Table Build #6: Table top Part 2

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Blog entry by Mark posted 11-01-2014 11:02 PM 1917 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I set up the table base to support the top while I cut it to size. The straight edge I used I had cut from the side of one of the 6/4 Cherry boards and I was pretty confident it was straight. I trimmed off both sides with a circular saw , set up the other top for trimming then set up to cut the tenons.

I wanted to ensure the leaves and the 2 tops would all be the same length so I set them all up together. I’m not sure if that was the correct approach but that’s what I did.

Cutting out the tenons.

On to the mortises. I routed a 1/4×3/8 wide slot in the Walnut side pieces.

Then cut the deep mortises with my DIY mortising jig.

Shocked the heck outta me when every thing lined up.

I drilled a ¼ and a 3/8 hole in an old saw blade to make some dowels for the top.

After laying out hole locations I used a 3/8 brad point to make the holes. The scrap in side the mortice will prevent tear out.

I figured I try my hand at draw boring. I clamped the side pieces in place and used the same bit to mark the new holes.

I moved the marks up by about 1/32 and drilled the holes.

Elongate the holes for the dreaded wood movement.

Usual dowel clean up.

Next I’m going to mount the 2 halves to the extensions.
Thanks fer lookin’

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 12:06 AM

Nicely explained. Waiting for the next exciting chapter. It should be a great table.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 10:55 PM

Excellent blog and great craftsmanship!

Another way to make accurate and smooth dowels is to drill holes for different sized dowels at a 45 deg. angle through a 3/8” or 1/4” mild steel bar stock. The angle leaves a sharp edge at the top which very easily cuts the spinning dowel stock accurately round and smooth providing the holes are accurately drilled. It helps to steady the dowel as it comes out on the bottom with your hand and I usually wear a glove for that. I just clamp the bar stock in my bench vise making sure there is ample room for the dowels to emerge unobstructed. I’ve been using mine for years now without sharpening.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 12:17 AM

Thank you gents. Thank you for the great tip Mike. I make kind of a fair number of dowels, depending on the project. Always nice to have another method.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 01:52 AM

Dang Mark!! That’s awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 01:36 AM

Looking good!

-- Art

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