Tanya Blevins Dining Table November 28th, 2018 - 04:45:33
Make these simple 30-inch round wooden table tops check it out. Alright, this is a really simple project that I'm gonna be using very basic and very inexpensive material that I'm getting from Home Depot. They sell what is called a bandsaw pine, which is a rough sawn white pine, and these are a 1 by 4 by 12-foot long piece. I'm gonna need 8 pieces to build the 30-inch tabletop that I am going for. I make a lot of these for a local company and in this set, I made 16, which was not a huge deal there. Basically just gonna be glued together. I'm not gonna use biscuits because they're gonna get a strap on the backside in two directions with screws and glue and that'll help keep them together, and I'm just making sure that I apply a liberal amount of glue to the sides of each board and Before I got to this point, I made sure that I laid them out in a way that allowed them to sit tightly against each other. You want to make sure when you select boards for a project like this since they're rough sawn that you select stuff.
That's relatively straight: unless you have a jointer I do, but in order to keep this project simple, I decided to not use the jointer and just lay them out and clamp them together. Tight I'm using an inexpensive clamp from Harbor Freight and then by using a 2x4 on the top. That allows me to account for any warp that happens when I put that pressure on all those boards. Now, I'm kind of applying a medium amount of pressure getting the 2x4 is in place to keep everything flat and then sort of going back and readjusting all the clamps to get them super super tight, and what I'm going here is a good amount of squeeze out and I'm using a flooring mallet to bang the pieces down in case, any of them are starting to pop up from the pressure by the clamps.
The next day. I give that stuff 24 hours to drive using a type on adhesive and then take the clamps off, and I wind up with a nice six foot long 30-inch wide panel that I can make two table tops out of okay, so here we've got pretty much. The simplest circle jig you can have. This is just a piece of plywood with little spacers that the pencil is held up straight. I've got a miscellaneous ice pick and I'm just gonna go with 30 inches because that's the diameter of the tables. Now I'm kind of looking for choice, material, and I know that this center of that board is where I want to be so. Stick that in there and just trace out my circle now tracing out the circle for me isn't totally necessary because I am gonna cut these on the bandsaw. But if you were cutting these with a jigsaw, the circle is important and what's good about tracing out the circle and knowing where my tabletops are gonna lay out is.
I can attach my support force for the back in advance, so I know exactly where the tabletop is gonna lay out on the material make sure that I get into a nice area with minimal gaps, and then I can head over to the table, saw and cut the support bar material now this is just 3/4 inch plywood, and this is gon na go on the back of these tables in a t-shape and they are gon na, add support, and then these tables are gonna go on top of whiskey barrels so having them with these little X's on the back it'll keep them retained inside the top of the whiskey barrel. It's important that these X's be the same length in both directions, so I just do a little bit of math to get the difference away in the opposite direction of the long support bar and make sure that I have 20 inches overall in both ways. Now again, I'm just gon na be using glue and screws to attach the support bars and on this particular type of bandsaw. Behind the back is extremely, it has like a ribbed sort of texture, so the it's easy enough to know what is the front and what is the back, but you know you'd want to make sure that you put the nice side up and attach these bars to the backside, you notice, I drilled a little tiny hole there too, and that's gonna be for my circle: cutting jig all right. So this circle, cutting jig is super simple.
This is just a piece of wood. I have a wooden table top on my bandsaw, but if you had a metal tabletop, you could do this with clamps over here, and all I have is a 3/4 inch spacer to supplement for those support bars that I just put on the bottom at the top. So I have 15 inches to the center of what is just a drywall screw sticking up through the bottom and that's it. This is all gon na get sanded. So I'm not super worried about getting crazy with the circle being totally accurate, but my blade is pretty tight and my guides are down pretty low, so I should get a really really tight circle. You can easily adapt a circle. Cutting jig like this to work on a variety of different types of band saws, or you could easily do this with a router or a jig saw a band saw for me just happens to be the fastest method that I'm the most comfortable with. So I basically just lay that on there and spin it around on that drywall screw - and I get a really nice circular cut now for the sanding process of this, because they are pretty rough said and I don't spend too much time lining up the board's. I start with an 80 grit on the belt sander and I just work into it pretty aggressively to get that whole thing sort of playing down to a consistent flatness, and then I head over with the random orbital sander, and I sand it up to a 180 Grit with with the orbital sander now, what that's gon na give me is a really nice smooth finish, but it's also gon na leave some of those imperfections and those sort of waves in it, and now these are supposed to be a rustic style table. So I don't want to make them perfect perfect.