The slab for the table top was delivered, and it is stunning!
|Sadly, this stunning slab doesn't look as good in photos as it does in real life.|
I showed the client the table top on a video call, and The Frau immediately talked her into leaving the slab it's full dimensions of 190cm x 80 cm, and out of my plan of making the base out of pine and painting it black.
Too bad, as the chosen wood of cherry complicates this build greatly. I'll now have to think about matching grain and color for the laminations. Fortunately, I have enough cherry laying around for this project.
It would have been nice to buy some thick cherry posts, but the lumberyard where that wood is available was closed for the holidays. I'll do my best with the cherry that I have. If it doesn't look as good as I think it should, I can still paint it.
In the meantime, let's get started. I had some fun rough dimensioning the lumber I'll use, and cut the center brace. I successfully tried sawing it out with the taper from the rough. I usually think of doing that after I had ripped the piece and four squared it. This was easier.
|Sawing a tapered brace from the rough board.|
|It turned out nice, but the shop looks a bit dark, doesn't it?|
I could get light where I needed it by turning the spotlights to where they were needed, but they were hot and less than ideal.
|Don't mind the mess. Wouldn't you agree it's time for new lights?|
I couldn't find information on these (or any) shop lights as far as how they are wired, and if they could be wired from one to the next, or if they each needed their own circuit. I crossed my fingers, and they arrived just as I wanted: easy to wire and up to six of this model can be wired in series.
|This should help.|
It is a terrible thing to get old.
I hung three of the lights on chains that I rigged. It works perfectly. They are on a diagonal angle over my bench. I did this to avoid as many shadows from direct lights that I could.
|I lowered the lights from the ceiling by hanging them on these chains.|
|The idea is to put the last one on the ceiling behind the support beam to light up the back of the shop where my tool chest is.|
I decided to hit Peter up and I schlepped my wood over to Dictum to run it through their machines. In about 90 minutes I had it all ripped, jointed and planed to rough shape. I even was able to rip some legs in walnut for another side table intended for a future "honey do" project.
|I'm not a purist. This saved about six months worth of work.|
Finally, I am able to start some joinery. I cut the first half-mortise on one of the table's feet using my BadAxe carcass saw. I haven't used it much since I got it about five years ago (maybe more) because the very first cut I did with it (incidentally, a cut exactly like this one) I twisted the saw in the wood and thought I bent it. Turns out I just de-tensioned it, and Pedder was able to sort it out in short order. This saw is filed crosscut, and works great. However, I think if I was to do it again, I would get it in a hybrid cut instead.
|My BadAxe carcass saw with the no-longer-available stainless steel spine and cherry handle.|
This gave me the idea to mount the last light on the cross support, rather than behind it. It still lights up my tool chest, but additionally throws some light on my bench from the side. I even mounted it with some wedges, to give it a little more of an angle at my bench.
There is even enough room to mount another of these lights, if I wish, right next to it so I could have light all along this cross support throwing light at the full length of my bench. We'll see.
|Light #4. I brought it down here to give me some angled light on my bench.|
|It works brilliantly. I can now see my lines on both the face and edge of the board.|
After sawing my half-tenons, I bashed out the waste with a chisel, tried to get relatively close with the chisel, and finished up with my LN router plane.
|This plane was born for this cut.|
|So far so good.|
I'll get a bit more of this done after Christmas, but it's not looking like this project will get finished before I leave for Spain again on the second.
No biggie, this project is not under an urgent deadline. This table will get finished the next time I'm here.
What are your thoughts about using cherry laminations for this table? Do you think I'll have to paint it in the end, anyway?