Champion Table Build, Part 4: Base & Arc

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preparing to fit the base to the leg assembly
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defining a semicircle with 3 saw cuts
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3 saw cuts get refined into facets with a paring chisel
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and again
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then shaped with a rasp
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the base of one of the leg assemblies after the 1/2 lap-tapered dado has been cut
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here, mated with the white oak leg
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a different piece of white oak being shaped with a rasp, one of three slats joining the top of the leg assemblies together and to the table top
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the slats also receive a long bevel
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the slats will rest in the notches being cut into the top of this leg section
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clearing out material from the notch with a 1″ chisel
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establishing the final depth with a router plane
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here the slats are temporarily in place
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an arsenal of shaping tools to begin sculpting the legs
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shaping inside-curves of the leg assembly with an aggressive rasp
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forming a radius where the legs meet the base
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the preliminary drawings had a horizontal stretcher connecting the two leg assemblies at floor level. Having rough-shaped the components and taking a look, I started visualizing an arc instead. PVC pipe (already bent from a previous life in some low garden tunnels) offered a quick prototype to help see how it would look.
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the arc made sense, so now setting about squaring up a white oak timber for re-sawing
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re-sawn white oak and a glue-lamination form ready to make an arc
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the glue lamination in the form- my 8 year old son was indispensable in this process, helping to roll glue, assemble, and clamp
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rhythm is in unity to woodwork
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the white oak timber, reconfigured as a messy arc
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work for the jack plane
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now the smoothing plane
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cutting the tapers along the length of the arc at the band saw
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marking the taper at the width
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cutting the taper at the width
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more elbow grease with the smoothing plane
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shaping the many curves and facets along the arc, first with a drawknife
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then with spokeshave
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establishing details with knife
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facets ease into curves
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test fitting- some refining-shaping to go yet
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setting the location of the chamfers on the leg-base
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shaving away rasp markings
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carving corner transitions
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so many details to bring together- here the leg base is about done.

That’s it for this round- next week there will be lots of sanding, also carving and inlay work as the table finally starts to become unified. Thank you to everyone for following along, and for your encouraging comments.

8 thoughts on “Champion Table Build, Part 4: Base & Arc

  1. Whoever gets to live with this table when it’s done, is graced. But these photos and sharing your work is nearly as good for those of us less fortunate – some of these images are just pure poetry, pure painting (whoever is taking them.) Even from across the Atlantic, all you do shouts prayer and worship and peace and….I’m out of words. Please keep sharing what you do, it is really important. Really important. Thank you.

    1. It is good to hear from you, Helen. Thank you so much for the life-giving words. Such reassurance, as you know, cannot be bought, but is valuable encouragement as I continue on in my work.

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