Dining table hardware & sunshine
Life is feeling pretty great these days. There are lots of balls being juggled, but all of it is glorious fun and very rewarding.
The dining table top has been coming along very nicely. It took a bit of figuring to come up with a hardware system that would be very strong and yet not detract from the underside of the table. It also had to be good knock-down hardware that could be taken apart easily and put back together. I opted to inlay pieces of bronze into the underside of the table with the expansion and contraction slots hidden for a cleaner look.
The machine screws are threaded into inserts in the underside of the table and into the top of the base. There is a piece of bronze at each corner of the top of the base and one in the middle of each end. The one in the middle is fixed to keep the top centered on the base.
This is what is visible from the underside of the table. I still need to countersink the exposed hole. The shape of the exposed end follows the curve in the tabletop.
With all the hardware fit, I was able to cut the perimeter of the top. I used a jig saw to rough cut it and then a router with a template.
The edges were contoured using planes and spokeshaves and then blended with sandpaper.
The inlayed hardware and threaded inserts provided a good opportunity for a creative finishing approach. I placed a maple bock in each of the inlay areas and drilled a hole that lined up with the threaded insert. These 2 blocks were then joined with a piece of scrap plywood and a fence was added so it would register on the top of my sawhorses.
This allowed me to apply finish to the underside of the table and then install this jig and flip the top over to apply finish to the other side.
Showing the underside of the table and the jig on the sawhorses.
I should be over this by now, but I am still always amazed at how transforming the first coat of finish is. And this figured walnut did not disappoint.
There was a point the other day where a sliver of sunlight was streaming through one of the main floor windows. It hit the end of the table top and the curl came alive. Amazing what sunshine does to curl!
Ball No.2 - some fun planes.
This A5 was an awful lot of fun for a few reasons. It has been a while since I have made an A5 and it felt 'new' again to make one. This A5 is also the last of the Mystery Rosewood sets and while I was sad to see it go, it was also great to know it was going to such a good home. This last set was a real pleasure to work with and I will miss this wonderful material.
The next plane is a K13a infilled with Desert Ironwood. I never get tired of working with this amazing material (although it does not smell so nice when working with it).
I managed to catch a bit of sapwood on the tip of the horn and one side of the handle.