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Old 12-31-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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So had some left over wood from the coffee table I made, and another week off from work. Bought myself a few more hand tools and started on making a narrow table for the entry way in our house using more traditional wood joints. Really should make myself a workbench first...

I wanted dovetails on the top connecting the legs since most of the stability will come from this joint.

So started by measuring out where the 2x4 legs would center on the 1x6, and marking where my dovetails should be. I'm really using two half tail keys and a center dovetail since it will center in the 1x6 instead of meeting at the corners with a shoulder cut.
After measuring out and marking, got to cutting with my new cheapo backsaw. Removed the waste with a copig saw (the next day since the cheapo Ace saw snapped in half after one waste cut). Chiseled to eye measured flushness. Did it again on the other side.

Then propped the tails on the legs to mark pin cuts. Would have gone a lot better with an actual workbench lol. Made it work and made the cuts, rough chisel etc.then test fit. Chiseled a bit more but rushed myself and ended up making it too tight and splitting the pine a little on the right hand set. Nothing i can't fix up later. Came back to it later and took my time with the second set of pins and had a little splitting still but not bad.

Now I need to decide how to stabilize it so my son /dog brushing past doesn't knock it over. Thinking eitherpedestals on the leg feet or two 1x6s on the back end as a bit of an "anchor". Also going to add a 1x6 lower between the legs using tenon joints to add a seco d shelf. Or put that at the bottom with a cutout for the legs and a small triangle pedestal/triangle brace where it meets the feet.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:05 PM   #2
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So had a busted fence and other projects pop up. Just got back to this. Wanted to mortise and tenon the midle shelf, but wood kept splitting when chiseling the mortise for the feet. So decided to just saw a wedge end and chisel just enough to slide on the legs. The feet i finally chiseled by leaving as a solid block and then sawing separstely for each leg. Then finished the feet slopes with the coping saw before the superbowl. Just finished oil last night, and wife wants to try staining the two shelves darker.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:34 PM   #3
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Finished stain and put it together. The oil on the upsides was a bit heavy and didn't allow the stain to penetrate so i had to resand and stain them but came out good.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:01 PM   #4
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Looking good so far !
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