A place for me to display some of the varied projects that come out of my shop, as well as to "talk" about some of my experiences working with wood.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Trestle Table Complete

Finally got the last coat of finish on the table today and moved it upstairs to start its new life in our kitchen. The 3 Leminster chairs have started to darken a bit already and the table is still quite light. It won't take long in this sunny area to see the patina in the cherry start to come out.

Completed table with 3 of Leminster Chairs

Closeup shot of Walnut wedge holding trestle together

End shot showing works down-under

Another shot of table with highly figured Leminster chair.
Now its time to get back to finishing the rest of those chairs...

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Trestle Table Base Complete

Walnut wedge for trestle support.
This past week has been a productive one for the table. The top got its last coat of finish and this morning I finished cutting the mortises for the wedges that will hold the cross piece tight and square up the table.

Trestles for tables with sealer coat of finish.
(And yes they are upside down...)
The table base ends were glued up with wedged tenons and pegged with cherry dowel to secure the joint and keep it solid for the next hundred years or so.

The three pieces that make up the trestles have various curves and chamfers that needs to be shaped into each to makes the pieces flow together. This took about half a day each with rasps and sandpaper to make it look just right.

Layout of the tenon on the horizontal member of the base.
Measure ten times and cut once.
The horizontal member that spans the trestle is the last part to be built. It consists of a 2"x8" board with through tenons on each end which hold the trestle together.

Cutting the tenons was a nerve-wracking exercise because if they were too small, it meant a sloppy fit and a do-over - not what you want on a $100 board!

My Lie-Nielsen Tenon saw doing what it does best...
 Very carefully laying out before cutting is key here. Since the board is quite heavy these cuts needed to be done by hand with virtually no margin for error, this cut creates the shoulder that rests against the trestle keeping the trestles plumb. Any error means they are crooked.

Trimming the tenons with my new Liogier rasp.

With the shoulder cuts made, I could cut off the sides on the bandsaw. these cuts were a little oversized and I used my new Liogier rasp to sneak up on the final layout line. these rasps arrived yesterday morning direct from France made to my specs - none too soon. Sizing the tenon was critical - too big the tenon won't slide in and too small its a sloppy fit; so lots of test fitting until it was exactly the right size for the mortise in the trestle.

The finished base, ready for some final sanding and a few coats of finish and soon it will be mated up with the top to assume its rightful place in our dining room.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Trestle Table Moving Along

Tabletop with 4 coats of finish, 3-4 to go.
With the chairs well underway, the table is moving along nicely, the top is done and getting its coats of finish upstairs out of the shop dust area.

A few pictures below of the top construction. Table top is 40" x 74" long and 1" thick. Breadboard end is pegged in place with dowel pins made from same wood as tabletop.

Lots of sanding and ready for finish.

Leveling the top

Cutting the breadboard edge with my new Festool Track saw - just like corn through a goose - and no dust!

Drilling mortise in table legs

Rough assembled table base (1 of 2 halves )

Monday, 6 February 2012

Three Chairs complete

This past weekend has been a busy one in the shop, there are now three complete, ready for use.

Leminster 1,2 &3 - nice seats eh?
Leminster Chairs - Front View
 Now that the chair construction is proceeding, it's time to start work on the trestle table to match.While waiting for the finish to dry on the chairs, I dimensioned and glue-up the cherry that had been climatizing in the shop for the past couple of weeks.

Cutting 5/4 Cherry boards to length.

Table glue-up complete

Smoothing the table top with a little help from my friends Sauer & Holtey

Spent some time this afternoon smoothing the table top to eliminate the major humps and bumps and establish the top surface. Next I will flip it over and clean up the bottom before milling for the breadboard ends. Once the breadboard ends are atttached I will do the final smoothing and begin sanding. With the final table size established I can start the base.