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Excellent Doug, You are doing some lovely work here during the lockdown. I like the key cupboard, but I'm really looking forward to the table and chair build. Do you have a drawing?
 

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MikeG.":1agxfhq0 said:
Excellent Doug, You are doing some lovely work here during the lockdown. I like the key cupboard, but I'm really looking forward to the table and chair build. Do you have a drawing?
I have instructions Mike but no drawing :shock: :lol:
The good lady wife has shown me photos of exactly the style of table she wants & the dimensions she wants it making, every detail has been covered believe me :?
Though to be fair she has done a lot of research more so on the chairs than the table as that is a very simple design.
She is currently finalising the chair design which has included reading the appropriate chapter in Joyce, when done I’m planning on making a prototype in larch.


marcros":1agxfhq0 said:
How thick will the finished top be, Doug?

The top will be 32mm thick Marcros which might seem a big reduction from 44mm but with the amount of movement in the boards whilst acclimatising I went down to 35mm Just to get them all flat & the same thickness.
 

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Whilst the Ash for the table is settling I’d a few other jobs to do one of which involved cutting some dowel & another chopping board on the little bandsaw which was in desperate need of a new blade so first up I made a new one.

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The blade is from a roll of 3tpi HSS blade with quite a good set on it which makes it ideal for tight curves, here it is ready to go on the Elu.

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Another thing I needed to do was hone the blade on my No8, it doesn’t get anywhere near as much use as it used to but I will need it for shooting the edges of the boards that will make up the table top.

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The blade is about as big as I can get in the Veritas jig but another reason for getting the No8 nice & sharpe was to clamp it in the vice to plane up the short pieces of quadrant I’d cut from the dowel

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This was going to be used to repair a wheel from an old model gun carriage the pieces I needed were only 50mm long but needed an 8 degree slope on the ends so I cut these rather carefully at the chopsaw

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This is what had arrived so I needed 12 matching spokes.

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I managed to get the spokes all made & cut but need to clean up the hub on the lathe & before I got chance to do that I needed to get a chopping board made & oiled for the Mother in Law as she had seen the one I’d made recently & had put in a request for one & I know better than to keep her waiting :? :lol:

It’s the one on the left I took the opportunity whilst oiling it to give the original one another coat of oil.

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Hopefully the GLW can take this out of the way when she makes her weekly food drop to her parents.

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I cleaned up the little hub from the wheel at the lathe first thing yesterday

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After which I spent oh so long fitting fiddly spokes into the old hub & wheel I wasn't sorry to see it finished & given a coat of finish to match it to the other


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Finally I could get round to the table, I planed all the components to finished size & starting with the legs cut them to length at the table saw.

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My tapering jig isn’t the most sophisticated a couple of pieces of 25mm MDF with a hinge & stop block at one end & a scrap of wood screwed to the other ends to give the desired angle but it works.

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The frame is dominoed together to mark their positions rather than pencil on the Ash I masking tape & mark on that using a ruler & depth stop so all the dominos are in the same positions


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I’m using 100mm long 12 mm dominos which I mitred on the ends where they meet in the legs

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After 5 minutes of dominoing the frame was ready to dry assemble

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I want to round over a few edges at the router table & cut slots for the buttons that hold the top on but after that it’ll be time for a glue up

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Progress on the table, before gluing the frame I ran the legs & underside of the rails across the router table to give a small pencil round on the edges

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A few domino slots plunged on the inside of the rails for the buttons that will hold the top on then the frame was glued up, after which a fine sanding & here’s the frame ready for oiling.

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Next up was joining the boards that will make the top, when making up panels I like to hand plane the mating edges so this was a job for my No8

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To aid alignment & reinforce the joints I added 140x12 dominos

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Although there are only two joints I wasn’t in a rush so decided to do each join separately so first the initial glue up

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Then the second

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I was pleased I’d opted to glue it up this way as it became a fairly substantial weight when I finally got all 3 boards together.
 

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Started the day taking the table top out of the clamps, cutting it to length then routing a pencil round on the top & bottom edges all the way round.


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After a couple of hours of cleaning up the top & frame both got a coat of Osmo raw.
Next up was to make some buttons to hold the top to the frame, I needed 8 so planed up a couple of pieces of timber big enough to yield 4 buttons each, onto the ends of these I cut a rebate.

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Four holes with counter sinks were drilled in each piece at the pillar drill

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These were then cut lengthwise at the bandsaw & then halved at the chopsaw.

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After which the cut edges were planed

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Finally for today a quick test fit

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I want to give the top & frame another coat of Osmo polyx satin before I fix the two together hopefully I’ll manage that tomorrow.
 

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Nice bunch of jigs and fixtures.
I picked up one of the LV shooting board fences with the intention of putting it on a sled. Figured it might make nice mitres and other angled cuts with better control than the mitre gauges that come with the saw. If it doesn't work out I can always use it as intended. :wink:

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Its been a slow day today so far after de-nibbling the table & applying another coat of oil I’ve been reading the forum & was inspired by this post combination-square-advice-please-t122567.html

I was given a Bacho combination square a good while ago & to be honest it was awful, in truth I’ve only ever used it as a depth gauge so after reading the thread I dug it out of the drawer it had been consigned to & offered it up to an inspection grade engineering square.

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The camera does lie slightly as the light was a more pronounced taper but it was difficult holding the 2 squares up to the light & taking a photo but still I think it shows how bad it was.

The only file I could find that would fit in the slot was a little diamond file

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It removed the material remarkably quickly as you’d expect & in no time at all the square was bang on

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So thanks to a little forum inspiration I now have a perfectly functional combination square. =D>
 

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Finally got the table finished today, the top screwed to the frame via the buttons

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Prior to assembly it has had a coat of Osmo polyx oil Raw followed by a coat of Osmo polyx oil original satin & finally buffed with Chestnuts Woodwax22

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I’m really pleased with the ripple & grain pattern it the top it come out better than I’d hope, shame my phones camera doesn’t do it justice or show up the beautiful rippling.

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That said senior management is pleased with it so that’s all that matters, just hope me dinners will taste better now :D
 

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Thanks Mike, I seem to remember you saying you liked Ash.

Not much workshop time the last two days what with chair reasearch, gardening & shopping which seems to be a major operation these days.
I did manage a little time in the workshop this afternoon & after a good clean up decided to have a bit of r&r at the lathe with an off cut from the table.

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I don’t do much colouring but thought I’d try some spirit stain out as this seems popular these days, lacquered & burnished I don’t think it will be a keeper but it was good doing something different for a change.

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