Midnight Woodworking

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12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 5

I had a few hours to work today, so I finished up assembling the base.

Drilling pocket holes in the top rails

Drilling pocket holes in the top rails

Since this table will have to fit into the 8′ bed of my truck, I am making it in five pieces that will have to be assembled upon delivery. I am using pocket hole joinery to hold the table top on. I set up my Kreg jig and drilled eight holes in each rail, and two in each side.

Adding a couple to the sides as well

Adding a couple to the sides as well

Next, I sanded down all of the rails.

Sanding down all the rails

Sanding down all the rails

 

Base glue-up

Base glue-up

Time to start glueing. I applied glue to the inside walls of the mortise, and the shoulders of my tenons, then beat everything together with a rubber mallet.

A little persuasion

A little persuasion

After the ends were set, I applied glue to the pockets on the lower rails, then set the cross-bars in place. I also threw a couple of clamps on the lower rails to squeeze them tightly to the cross-bars.

Glueing in the cross-bars

Glueing in the cross-bars

 

Stepped Miller dowels

Stepped Miller dowels

To help ensure that my joints stay tight, I decided to add one more form of joinery to this table. I bought a Miller Dowel, stepped dowel joinery kit. The kit comes with a stepped drill bit, and matching stepped dowels. The dowels were available in cherry, and I thought they would look good. I drilled Into the ends of my cross-bars and set a dowel in each end. I also put two through each tenon on the bottom rails.

Drilling the stepped holes

Drilling the stepped holes

 

Driving in the dowels

Driving in the dowels

Just wipe on a thin layer of glue and tap in place.

I added some to the cross-bars as well

I added some to the cross-bars as well

While all the glue was drying, I finished routing the rails and the cross-bars with the round-over bit.

Finishing the round-over on the cross-bar intersections

Finishing the round-over on the cross-bar intersections

 

Counter-sinking the top rails

Counter-sinking the top rails

I also added a counter-sunk hole and a screw at each intersection of the top rails.

Screwing down the rails

Screwing down the rails

 

Cutting off the excess tenons and dowels

Cutting off the excess tenons and dowels

When all the glue had set up for an hour or so, I came back with my pull saw and cut away the excess ends of the tenons and the dowels, then I sanded all of the ends down flush.

Dowels after final sanding

Dowels after final sanding

The last thing to do was run my smoothing plane along the top rail to clean it up a bit.

Base complete

Base complete

The base frame is now complete. It is too dusty in my shop today to start finishing. It is actually time for a fair bit of clean-up. That router has been pretty busy the last few days and my floor and work benches are covered in shavings.

Ready for finishing

Ready for finishing

 

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