Published at Thursday, November 22nd 2018. by Jennie Peters in Kitchen Table.
I'm getting started on a very small dining table. It's gonna be about 26 inches by 26 inches and it's gonna be about 31 inches tall. So this is a very small table and so I'm gonna be able to seat about two people, but that's exactly what the customer wanted. It's from my friend Rob, who else what happens to be the first person that ever bought a piece from me. So thanks Rob to start things off I'll mill up some material for the legs. This is gonna be square stock, so I'll get them to join it on two faces and then I'll take it over the planer to get the mill down to one in 1516.
So by one in 1516, the reason I did that is that I didn't have material thick enough to do a full two inches and I also did not want to laminate material together, and I could take some time to mill up with a stretcher material. Each stretcher was gonna be made up of three different pieces. One horizontal piece and two vertical pieces here is the horizontal piece it's gonna be cut down to about 20 inches long and then two of the vertical pieces, which will be about four inches long.
These will be glued together and make a nice curved stretcher that blends into the leg to join the stretcher pieces, I'm using some dowels because they are essentially a butt joint. So they need a little bit of reinforcement, I'm using the longest dowels that I could fit here. In this case, it's going to be a three inch, dowels I'll, get them nice and glued up and make sure that they're square with the four stretchers glued up. I could turn my attention to the top. This is gonna be a solid cherry top made of three wide pieces. I got started with my little planer sled, so that could get a nice flat surface on one side after I did that I could flip it over and use that flat surface as my new reference surface to get everything planned down to a nice final dimension.
After joining the edges to make sure they went together smoothly without any gaps, I use some dowels to act as alignment pins and then get these boards glued up. I made sure to keep in mind where the dowels would be so that when I trim this down to its final dimensions, there would be no exposed dowels. What the stretchers dried. I could run them through the drum sander to make sure that all the surfaces were nice and flush. I couldn't do this with the planer, because I have two different grain directions. It will probably get a lot of tear out on those vertical stretchers. Once again, I'm using dowels to join the legs of the stretchers.
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