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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tapering to a Close

At long last, the final episode of the one-day table project.  This episode introduces a new “agile” method I used to taper the legs, and also shows the final glue-up using all the Festool Domino joinery.  I will say that floating tenons do take a bit longer to assemble since you are effectively gluing up twice as many joints, but the time you save in cutting all the joinery makes it well worth it.  Overall, I really enjoyed this process largely because I did no planning or design ahead of time - the whole thing was just made up as I went.  And of course I was able to prove that you can in fact build a table from the ground up in just one day.

With this project in the bag, I’m hashing out a few ideas for my next one.  I’m working on a new leg design that is proving to be quite challenging, but very cool if I can solve a few remaining problems.  It also will require the use of a hand saw rather than a band saw for shaping, so I already ordered and received a Gramery Tools Bow Saw in preparation for this project.  I also have a neat commission coming up which will be a shadow-box display case for a Native American artifact.  Just not sure which of these I'll get to first.  Either way, there's plenty more to come over the next few months so keep coming back for new fresh content.

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James said...

That's a very nice looking table for a one day build. The Domino XL looks like a beast! I noticed you have a SC table saw, is it a full 3HP cabinet saw or the 1.75?

Bruce Somers said...


Another nice job Sir. Make sure you post some pictures of the "finished" table.

ChrisHasFlair said...

Nice work on the table, Rob. It looks good. At the end, you said that it isn't a show piece. Was there something about it with which you weren't happy?

Anybody else up for the one-day table challenge?


Pinto said...

Very nice work, Rob!
As an alternative to the router table, you could use a biscuit joiner (or even a shallow plunge with the domino) to cut the slots in the aprons for the top clips.

Rob Bois said...

Chris, the only thing I wasn't happy about with this project was simply that it is yet another shaker table. It was built for utilitarian purposes, not as a design exercise. That being said, I was happy with every aspect of the construction.

And to respond to Pinto's comment as well, I think that might be the first good use I've heard of for a biscuit joiner ;) Probably not enough to entice me to buy one though.