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Blog series by Mark updated 11-19-2014 01:35 AM 7 parts 12958 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: Intro

09-01-2014 11:30 PM by Mark | 1 comment »

Well after a month and a bit, a small bathroom reno, and a few side projects I’m finally moving on to my table build. After considerable browsing on numerous web sites, on line catalogs and posts by other LJ’S, I have decided to try my hand at a Mission (Arts & Crafts) style from Stickley. Fortunately there are several distributors fairly close to where I live so I produced a cad drawing, went to the stores (several times) and was able to apply some numbers to my drawing. From there it...

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Part 2: End leg assembly.....Splats

09-01-2014 11:50 PM by Mark | 2 comments »

I used 7/8” x ¾ thick walnut and 1” x ¾ thick Cherry for the splats. A bit of glue up. A pass or 2 with the belt sander and it’s all good. The blade on the chop saw isn’t so great and back of my sled wasn’t long enough so I had to clamp a piece of scrap to it to get the length.Cutting to size. Cutting the tenons. I forgot to take a pic of all the splats together…But it did happen

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Part 3: Leg and splatt assembly

09-05-2014 04:03 PM by Mark | 5 comments »

I guess some of this should have been posted in the last blog entry….Oh well. I had some 6/4 cherry left over from the chair build, so I used that for the upper and lower end rails. Cutting tenons. Spoke shave to clean up the band saw marks on the arches. Now for the fun part. After laying out the mortises I removed as much as I could with a ½” brad point bit. The mortises were 5/8 thick so I had a bit to chop out. Finished end assembly. The legs are to be 1-...

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Part 4: Upper and Lower Sretchers

09-11-2014 09:57 PM by Mark | 2 comments »

I built the top stretchers using 2 5/8 X 4/4 stock I shaved down to 7/8. Then I cut a 3 ¾ tenon on each end. And a quick clean up. The lower stretcher is 7” x 7/8 with a 3 ¾ tenon on each side. I took the end assemblies apart to cut the mortises in the lower splats and the upper part of the legs.After drilling a series of holes to remove the bulk of the waist I clamped a block to the work piece to ensure my chisel cuts were straight. And the same for the upper legs. I used...

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Part 5: Table top Part 1

09-30-2014 03:30 PM by Mark | 6 comments »

I bought 5-6/4×96” Cherry boards and 1 Walnut, random width, 7/9” and ran them through the planner.A little cupping and bowing, but they cleaned up at about 1 5/16. I was going to dress them just a smidge more than 1 1/4 (I wanted 1 1/8 finished) but an aggressive hand on the blade elevation wheel and I ended up with 1 3/16 thick. Sigh!! Dust collection needs a bit of work. I cut the boards to final length +2” on each end to be more manageable. Not having a jointer I tried s...

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Part 6: Table top Part 2

11-01-2014 11:02 PM by Mark | 5 comments »

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. ...

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Part 7: Table Top (part 3) and Finish

11-19-2014 01:35 AM by Mark | 3 comments »

Time to lay out the extensions. I figured how wide I wanted the 2 extensions to be, clamped the first one And with a piece of scrap cut to the correct length I was able to ensure both extensions were parallel. Time to lay out for the alignment dowels. A quick pass with the router to provide a clean straight edge. I found my locations for the dowels a tapped in a nail in each spot. One side of one leaf and only one main top half I then cut most of the nail off, sharpe...

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