The new upper base is dry and marked, so I cut the circle out on the bandsaw.
I sanded the edges on the spindle sander, taking the edge down to the pencil mark.
I set the 3/4″ round-over bit back in the router and trimmed the top edge.
I sanded down both the upper and lower bases.
I did a dry-fit to make sure the columns fit as planned.
Then I realized that the outside dimensions of the columns was 14-1/2″ when measured across the top. The rim around the dome is only 14″. I really should have had a more detailed plan than a pencil sketch that took 30 seconds to draw…
I set the table saw blade at 10 degrees, and carefully ran the columns back through, taking off another 1/4″ so the columns would fit beneath the dome.
Its tight, but it worked.
Next step is to put the walnut bead around the columns.
To do this, I ripped a piece of walnut down to 5/16″ x 3/4″. I placed a 1/8″ round-over in the router table and rounded each outside edge.
When all four edges were round, I ripped the piece in half. This gave me two tiny pieces of trim.
In order to cut these tiny things, I created a sacrificial base and back board for the miter saw. Otherwise, the 3/4″ and smaller pieces I need will get shot off of the saw. Setting the miter saw angle to 22.5 degrees, I began cutting my tiny trim.
I clamped a spacer block in place and glued the first piece in place, then pinned it there to dry. When cutting the trim to length, I often had to tape down the short end, so the blade wouldn’t pick it up and throw it because it was so small.
My longer pieces are about 5/8″. The two shorter pieces are about 3/16″ long. To make micro adjustments, I sanded the angled face on 150 grit paper.
In the end, I did manage to install one of the bands, but it is nearly 1:00 AM and I am too tired for this detail work. I just wanted to make sure that it was possible.
You are doing a very impressive job. You are doing a great job of showing each step in your construction process.
I have a question for you if I may. The saw that is in the photos looks like a Saw Stop brand. Is it and if so, how do you like it?
I have an old Ryobi BT-3000 table saw that the top is aluminum and doesn’t have the mitre gauge grooves. I am looking to replace it but table saws nowadays are not cheap so am taking my time checking out what is out there. Thanks for you time and for the great blog.
Thanks Herb. I love my SawStop cabinet saw. When my 1.75hp Jet contractor saw died, I splurged and got the 3hp cabinet saw. I couldn’t believe the difference. It has never bogged down, even cutting full depth into white oak and maple. I love the diving knife that moves with the blade. It has done everything that I have needed and then some. I have also used their contractor version. Not as nice as the 3hp for power, but still an excellent saw.