The Champion Table Build, Part 3: Leg Joinery

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flattening walnut stock with a wooden joiner for the top rails of the leg assembly

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using winding-sticks to make sure there is no twist in the board

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finishing up with a #7 jack plane

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squaring up the remaining edges and dimensioning the walnut on the bandsaw

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layout lines

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initial shaping of the curves on the top rail of the legs

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testing it against the table-top

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sawing lengths of white-oak for the vertical posts of the leg assembly

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the white oak after squaring-up

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testing the concept and a few angles before committing

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laying out the leg joints

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establishing the sliding dovetail angle with a knife

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cutting the front of the sliding dovetail

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all the bandsaw work done, now the hand-tools will finish

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paring the back cheek of the tenon

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the joint is most of the way there- the waste between the mortise and the dovetail is yet to be removed

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the four white oak legs all cut

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the arsenal of tools to accurately transfer the dimensions of the tenon/ dovetails onto the walnut rails

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marking

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starting the cut for the sliding dovetail socket with a carcass saw

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another view cutting sliding dovetail sockets

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chopping out the waste in the socket

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paring the sidewalls unreached by the saw

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using a router plane to achieve an accurate floor of the joint- the leg on the cutter allows it to reach the angled corners

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another view of the router-plane

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starting the mortise with a 3/4 mortise chisel

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the first row is delicate- just establishing the shape and protecting the corners

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going the full depth of the mortise with an auger – you can see the round-topped sliding dovetail socket parallel to the mortise

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squaring the mortise the rest of the way with the mortise chisel

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cleaning the sidewalls with my extra-big paring chisel

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thank God, they fit!

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step one is successful- to get to this point took endless drawings and two complete practice joints and a lot of patience

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marking the leg rails for some shaping/ sculpting cuts on the band saw

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the top rails post rough-shaping, and the taper of one of the white-oak legs marked with blue tape

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dry re-assembly just to make sure

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the glue-up

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next week will concern the joining of the bottom rail and the final shaping of the leg assemblies

The Champion Table Build, Part 1: Compose, Scribe and Fit

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the beauty of God’s edge

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composing pieces

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flattening black walnut with a router and jig

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more looking, more composing

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smoothing and shaping edges

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smoothing and joining white oak

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assembling white oak panels

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white oak and black walnut adjusted and clamped for scribing

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knife scribing every curve

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the white oak panel marked and ready to cut

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rough cutting on the bandsaw, staying about 1/16th to 1/8th away from the scribed line

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cutting the line deeper

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paring away the waste to establish a shoulder along the scribe-line

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making the shoulders broad and deep

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chopping and paring right up to the line

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the shoulder becomes a jig to cut the rest of the piece right to the line using a pattern bit and router

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after cutting a slot for a floating tenon, dry-fitting pieces

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the floating tenons cut and laid out

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tenons glued in

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glued and clamped

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joining and smoothing the new edges

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on to the next step…

Gallery

Oak, Iron, Copper, Pine, and Walnut