Erin Fuentes Dining Table November 26th, 2018 - 06:54:11
Make this table, the first thing we're going to do is we're going to cut everything over here in the table, saw. So now that we have all of our boards ripped to width, we're going to cross cut the boards that we're going to use for our legs, I'm going to make them a little bit longer, so we can cut them down to size at a later step. In my design here I have a really thick beefy leg. We don't have boards that thick, so I'm going to take four boards and make a wood tube like thing with mitered corners. So now that we have all 16 pieces cut, we're going to cut a 45-degree miter on the insides of all these pieces, so we can make that wood tube to get a nice fat beefy leg will do that over at the table, saw. So now all of our miters are cut. I have one leg here: we're going to put glue in the miters and to make this easier, I'm going to use, pin nails to hold it together, while the glue dries. So we'll get one section up like this: we'll throw a few pins in there we'll get the other section up like so, and then we'll glue the two halves together, there's one lake we'll let that dry next thing we're gonna. Do is we're gonna round over all the corners here at the router table. You don't need a router table book. You can just use a router if you want, you can also use a hand, plane, and sandpaper. One thing you might want to look out for, if you use, pin nails, don't use your good bit. So because we didn't use clamps when we glued these upper you're gonna have some tight joints and then you're going to have some with a crack in there. I can throw this on the inside of the table or it's not seen. You can also fill that up with glue and sawdust, which is what I'm going to do. Take that sawdust and rub it in there and then taking a screwdriver and furnishing the two pieces together. Probably don't want to use a good screwdriver.
The next thing we're gonna get the miter saw is we're going to clean up this end and then we're gonna chop it. The link, get over at the router table, is gonna put a little chamfer along the edge. So when the table moves on the floor, it doesn't catch and chip out all right. So next we are going to cut the two long pieces and the two short pieces for the apron over here at the miter saw. So we are gonna attach everything with pocket holes. All the apron pieces are going to be attached to the legs with pocket holes. I've got the big Craig k5 jig here, but you can also use the little one. If that's what you have so the first thing I'm going to do is the clamp. This up makes sure you're putting the pocket holes on the side that you don't want to face. It is now time to start assembling this table up. I got my two legs and the apron here for the end, and it's just going to attach like that with the pocket hole, screws, and glue. I don't want the apron on the face of the legs, so I'm just going to lift it up. I'm gonna use some spacers here, so it sits about of a quarter of an inch back and we'll clamp that up really tight and then run some pocket hole. Screws in there get that nice and might want to make sure everything is flushed up at the top and we can drive our pocket hole. Screws always get the screw started.
Next thing: we're going to do is we're going to cut the corner pieces to have a little bit more support here, so we'll have a bore with 45-degree miter and run them on each one of the corners and then we'll have a little middle support. As well, both enough, we have our pieces, cut, we're going to drill pocket holes in here and I'm just using my pocket hole jig. I will say that I did move the collar up on my bit just a little bit because these pieces are going to go in at an angle and I don't want the screw to blow out the other side. So I'm drilling a shallower hole, we're just going to glue and screw these into the corner. Now, the very first one that we made was a really short one, but we found that I couldn't. There was not any room to get the drill in there, so we have to make them a little bit longer. So keep in mind when you make those supports that you, you want to have room to get your drill in there all right. That is plenty sturdy. These guys added a ton of strength. It's super stable now and when we attach the top it'll have even more strength and the finish this off we're just going to put a few coats of wipe-on poly, just like we did for the top all the wood. For this table, including the top came from my friends at Ken craft, you can visit them at Ken crafts, company.com they're located two here in Toledo, Ohio and they do sell online. Please check them out. I do hope you picked up a few tips on making this table bash with the pocket hole, joinery and making those big beefy legs out of 3/4 inch material. I attached my top to the base with pocket hole joinery.
That is not a typical method and maybe not the method I suggest to you, but my top is in two different sections. and so I need my apron to hold those two pieces together. As you can see here, there is a little bit of play in the pocket hole joinery that is going to allow for expansion and contraction. The typical way to attach the top to the base is using these figure 8 tabletop connectors. This is the method I suggest for you, especially if you have one solid top because there's going to be some expansion and contraction. I took precautions to prevent splitting because we got some really weird glue ups with the different angles in the long grain and the end grain, some people said I overdid it and then some people said it's still not going to work and it's still going to split some people that it in a nice way. Some people said it in a mean way. We shadow block the people that were mean about it, but the people that were trying to give me good pointers and set it in a very nice way. They could be right. I don't think I'm going to have any issues, but this is experimental. We have end grain gluing up against long grain, even though we got Domino's in there and then we did the breadboard and gluing, but some people still had concerns, and so this got me thinking - and I was talking this over with my wife, Kelly and she's, like What are you gonna do if it does split, and I was just like I'm gonna fix it and then she's like yeah problem solved, so that's the great thing about woodworking and making stuff for ourselves. We can experiment. If something goes wrong, we can fix it. We can learn from that, and so I really think this is gonna hold up for many many many many years, but if it doesn't, I'm just gonna fix it.