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Old 05-25-2017, 08:42 PM   #31
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Here are the promised pics. Once it got big enough I could no longer clamp it using regular clamps or the clamp stand. I had to improvise and use the saw fence as a clamp stop.

The last pic is where I screwed scrap wood to the underside so I could cut through both layers when I squared it up.







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Really coming togather nice
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Liking the project so far pal.
Is the table getting the border fixed to the face of it? Was going to recommend rebating your borders so you can sit the door flat, just so that it finishes flush with the top of the border.
Would also let you mitre them for a neat corner detail.
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I am doing mitered corners. The top will also be flush. This is one way of increasing the surface area/dimensions of the table to seat two kids at each end.

I am ripping some of the extra boards from the back side of the door on half, leaving the groove side intact. I will then cut a tongue around around the slab as you see it now, so I will have a solid joint all the way around. I am also gluing the other half of those ripped boards at a 90 to make a skirt around the table perimeter. Then everything underneath to reinforce and get back to original thickness will actually be new materials.

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So I am getting back to a lot of my postponed projects (which are many) after taking a new job months ago. Plus we've got another kid on the way, so I have to choose carefully what to spend my time on.


Now this table has a deadline so it's near the top of the list. I'm about to glue up the top in the next few days, and have the legs about ready. I should be able to get a finish on it in the next few weeks.


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Tonight I screwed the top panel to the piece of plywood I am using to stiffen up and flatten out the top. I may be trimming this plywood piece down so that the bottom piece of solid wood I glue on will return in 3-4", but for now I made it 1" larger than the top panel on all sides so I can glue up the perimeter and have something to clamp all the frame boards to that will keep it flat while it sets. Everything is at my friend's shop where I was able to use a Festool Domino biscuit jointer.


I was very pleased with how the top drew down flat with some evenly spaced screws. It had quite a bow to it from the tongue and groove joints being off just enough to keep it from laying flat.


I'll be cutting the hinges off and inlaying them within the borders of the frame, partly to keep the look of a door and partly to help cover the badly stained areas that also have several chipped out screw holes from where the hinges were.









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Progress! I have the table top layers glued together now. I removed the plywood I was using to hold the top flat and cut it smaller, and used pocket hole screws to put a 4" border around incorporating the same bead on the bottom. The pocket hole screws are completely hidden after sandwiching the two layers.



I'm using leftovers from a heavy pallet for the legs and apron pieces. I'm still thinking about how I'll assemble that part, but I'll probably settle on something like the pics show.














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OK here's a pics tonight. I'll get some in progress pics later, but my internet is so crappy that I can't upload/download/host them anywhere in bulk right now.


The leg and apron piece construction is pretty typical. The corners are some kind of lapped miter I did out of necessity because the pieces weren't long enough to go corner to corner with framing around the assembly.


The legs are made out of heavy duty pallet parts from something that my parents had shipped to their house. It happened to be soft maple, and I got 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 29 1/2" pieces. The apron pieces I bought 4/4 at a local lumber dealer, as the material I planned to use was too short and wouldn't have let them push 3 chairs under each side.


The black parts are getting one more coat, and the stained top is still getting a finish.


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Here's a close up of a corner.


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I cut a flat spot at 45 degrees on the top of the legs and installed some wood nuts for 5/16 bolts. I had no idea what I was doing, just copied what I've seen as typical on a hundred other commercially produced tables. I figured if it works for them...


This will all get cleaned up with a chisel near the bolt and painted black as well.


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Success! I finished the table last night and delivered it this morning. I inlaid the hinge plates after some cutting and grinding. Another friend brought me some gun bluing solution to antique them a bit. I ended up getting some rustic pyramid head screws on Amazon to fill each screw hole with.

















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The screws I used: https://wildwesthardware.com/collect...osphate-finish
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Looks great! Good job.
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