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.

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…

Holy, the Lesser Saints

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the lesser saints

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weave their quiet

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agile stories

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amongst the lives

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of greater lights

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the color

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upon their brows

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they do not cry out

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they do not turn

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hearts raised like rafters

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heavenward

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forever orbiting

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tireless in quest

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the sphere of your glory

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to enter and remain

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bring newer life

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from ancient tribes

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all in anticipation

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groaning in the yearning

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their own eternal ribbon voice

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those who have ears…

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let them hear

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bring your longing

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bring your capacity

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for fullness

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in the life of the soil

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countless prophets

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behold and know

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see and have understanding

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awaken, members of wholeness

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you are provision

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you are appointed

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little lights, you are His

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lesser saints

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holding up mountains

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echoes of distant voice

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priests of the eternal present

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fierce and strange

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are the quiet ones

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in silent witness

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givers of the heart of God

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receiving and giving from the heart of God

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celebrating mystery in plain-ness

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in infinite variety and order

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teach the spiritual truths of rest and labor

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sweat and awe

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all from silent knees and horns

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in the unending world, glory will be known forever

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“Rootrill” I hope that you will forgive me for posting an eleven minute song in the twenty first century.  Mostly, I hope that you enjoy it.

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years unfurl in the eternal present

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made vacant for gold

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three forms of light

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hand in hand you who once swayed

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ancient releasing story

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the turning of light upon the solar bank countless voices scratch and turn

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golden hands once full wait for wisdom

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erth-maker here we bend here we grow

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establish converge into order dust scratcher

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welcome the new bird and fare thee well