Lara Reid Table November 23rd, 2018 - 07:58:32
I'm building a dining room table for my friend Julie. I have these legs. That's heavy from Osbourne wood products, they're, awesome, 29 inches in height, perfect for your dining table needs, and I have five quarter by six pieces upon for the table top along with 1. By fours for the apron, along with hardware from Rockler, so this may actually be real woodworking today, but I don't want to get ahead of myself. Let's see how it goes first and then we can all decide whether it counts or not. Ok, today's material purchase list is as follows: we're going to need 7 5 quarter by 6 by 8 and 3 1 by 4 by eights, along with 4 legs.
With your choice, the 5 quarter by 6 by eights are what we're going to use for our main tabletop, we're going to cut these to 88 inches each and then join them together to create one big happy, if not a bit dysfunctional family of wood, when they Make these cuts on a lumber there, not always straight, so what we want to do is take our miter saws and cut off the first end measure from that end, 88 inches and then make our second cut. That way, we have perfectly square stock.
That's ready to be joined. I took all seven pieces downstairs to my pipe clamps in my basement because my garage is not level and then I took my five pipe clamps and laid them out the length of my tabletop because I'm going to be using a biscuit joiner. I want to make a mark across the entire tabletop to let me know the orientation of each board for one I have to take and replace a single board to cut slots for biscuits in each piece. Duck. Stick together. Right, show me the Flying V. So I just make my way along the tabletop and I go piece by piece and alternate the wood grain.
You can really get a sense of which way the wood grain is going. If you look at the side of your boards, I went out and purchased a really biscuit joiner specifically for this tabletop. I want to make sure it's perfect or as perfect as I am physically capable of making. I put a biscuit slot, a half-inch from each edge and every 8 inches thereafter. You just line up this line right here to your mark, push the button and then push the unit in, and then it will route out that slot.
You need to be sure to place the biscuit slots on the same spot on each piece that you're joining together so that when you put the biscuits in everything lines up perfectly, I'm going to join my tabletop in sections. But the first section only has three boards. So I cut all of my biscuit slots out and then I'm just going to do a dry fit to make sure everything is gravy. It's gravy babe, I'm laying a very generous bead of the type on to on the first piece of wood, and then I'm going to use my paintbrush to distribute it evenly across the side of the board.