buginga slab projects #8: finessing the tea table

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 03-20-2010 05:32 PM 2077 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So last time i worked on cutting the curves in the aprons for the pie crust table. now its time to move on to the legs as well as the candle slide. neither of these are done yet but i figured I’d just give a little update. the legs are cabriolet legs. Eli helped me design them and i have them cut out right now. just waiting to spokeshave them up and chisel them and all that good stuff to finesse them. they’re looking good so far though and I’m really satisfied with the shape.

so while I’m waiting to finish those up I started working some more on the aprons. primarily making the candle slide. So first i handplaned the show face of the apron. with the bubinga I’m not even going to worry about the inside of the aprons. I will just scrape them so they are smooth for the finish but i won’t worry about removing the tear out or making them look nice. with a wood like this that’s hard to work i will only focus on all the visible and touchable surfaces. so of course the aprons and legs and the tabletop are all both visible and touchable surfaces so they will be smoothed to perfection. but the bottom of the tabletop and inside of the apron are neither visible nor touchable so i will forget about them. Then you have things like the back sides of the cab legs as well as the underside of the candle slide. neither of them are generally visible but since they are touchable i will make sure they are perfect surfaces.

so for cutting the hole for the opening for the candle slide i just put it on the tablesaw and raised my blade up through it. of course this isn’t really the safest option and you have to be really careful and make sure everything is held down while you do it. I used my 6 1/4” freud avanti 40 tooth blade since it will go below the surface of my table saw.

then i used my Major League Woodworking (RIP) marking gauge to mark the edges of it on both sides to prevent any kind of tearout.

once it was done i had a nice opening. I just have to do some chiseling and stuff and It’ll be done.

Then i cut the little dado for the drawer slide in the back. I don’t have a picture of it but i will get one once the table is on its feet and i install the drawer slide. So hopefully this table will be on its feet sometime next week. I’ll also finish shaping the feet of the pie crust so the pedestal is done as well!!

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Gary Fixler

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#1 posted 03-20-2010 06:35 PM

The leg looks great so far! So you chiseled and filed that to shape? No bandsaw or anything like that?

Also, I didn’t realize MLW had gone out of business. I remember not long ago they gave out some prizes here. Sorry to see them go.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 07:02 PM

Gary It’s not quite a going out of business. Tommy has got an agreement to do a program on TV in Boston and so he is going to rebrand his products. At least that is the way that I understand it.

Nice on the table and legs

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 07:15 PM

Gary Fixler… karson’s right they are rebranding. I know they will still offer the DVD’s hopefully they offer the tools too those marking gauges are top of the line. I love mine!!!

also as far as the legs go i did bandsaw them to rough shape as you see them here. I will work on the flat surfaces to smooth them with the spokeshave. then chisel off the corners. then file and scrape the rest. I will take some pictures when i actually do it though. its a really cool way to do the cab legs.

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 08:27 PM

Great stuff and very well done. Your cab legs are looking good and I agree that spoke shaving and filing is fun to do. I also like that you are leaving the insides a bit rough. Furniture makers of old never wasted time or tools on finishing something no one would ever see, except the cat or dog maybe. Good luck on completion of your project. I know it will be outstanding.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-20-2010 09:46 PM

I’m relieved to hear MLW didn’t go out of business. It sounds like business is actually doing well for them. Oh, and Dennis – I’m also relieved to hear you used a bandsaw. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around moving that much wood so precisely with the simplest of hand tools. I know it can be done, but it would be a monumental prospect. Are you going to clamp the tops of the legs to a workbench, or hold them in a vise for the spokeshave work? I know there are dedicated shaving benches for leg work, but I don’t know many who actually have one, simple as they may be to throw together.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 03-20-2010 10:32 PM

Yeah Gary i couldn’t imagine doing it all by hand. As far ah holding it down i just clamp both ends in a pipe clamp and then put the pipe clamp in my vise. holds it well.

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#7 posted 03-20-2010 11:28 PM

The leg looks great.

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