Table Top (getting started)

Today my Dad came over and we spent a few hours working Mom’s table. We decided to begin the process of assembling the top.  The top is going to be made out of quarter sawn fir with a walnut frame.  The outside planks are walnut, as well as the breadboard ends.  The fir planks are made from resawn and bookmatched 4×4 fence posts carefully chosen from the local Box Store.  They’ve been sitting and drying in my shop all summer.

I resawed the 4×4’s about a month ago.  I’ve been letting the new sawn surfaces equalize to see how the wood moves before finishing the milling process.  Today we finished the milling of the top face and edges.  Once we got it all flat and square it was time for a test fit and to arrange the boards into a pleasing layout.   Here is what we came up with:

01 test allignment of top

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Table Leg

So, here’s the table-leg prototype.  It is tapered from 3 3/4” to 2 1/2” or so.  I cut the tapers using the jointer, this my favorite way to cut tapers.  I should have taken some pictures of the process…but, these were all taken after the fact.

The basic process is this:

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