Katrina Parks Table November 28th, 2018 - 02:46:41
So I started by just using a string and a pencil to mark out a six-foot circle on my shop floor. This way, I could line up my two by fours, as well as be able to see how long I needed to cut them on my chop saw now. I should go ahead and mention that all of the materials and supplies for this project can be purchased at the Home Depot using the Home Depot consumer credit card. It's a great way to help finance some of the bigger projects like this one or any other ideas.
You might have so if you're interested in finding out any more information feel free to visit my link in the description, with decor slash. Might thanks a lot so with all my two-by-fours cut, I moved on to marking locations on each two-by-four where I would be drilling and installing dowels and I'll add a link to the doweling jig that I'm using in the description but a biscuit joiner Would work well also, so this tabletop had 18 2 by 4 slats, and that was way more than I wanted to glue up at one time.
So I decided to glue it up in four separate pieces and then I could glue two of those pieces together and finally, the two big halves together. This made it a lot less stressful. For me, it also, let me make sure that I had the tabletop really flat each time I glued it up now. Dowels or biscuits are really going to help keep everything flat and level, but you'll still need to use either a belt sander or a hand plane to flatten everything out a while back. I saw Jimmy dress to make a circle cutting jig using a circular saw.
So I decided to replicate that and I just screwed my circular saw onto a half inch piece of scrap plywood. Then I could measure my radius from the blade, which would also be the radius of the circle. I'm cutting drill a quarter, inch hole for a quarter, inch dowel and then do the same on the bottom side of the tabletop. Once everything was in, I could go ahead and start cutting a circle now. The trick to this is doing it in really shallow passes about a sixteenth of an inch on each pass.
It's probably not as quick as using a router which I'll show later, but if you don't like routers or don't have a router. This is a great workaround. I just did a few passes cut off the excess with a jig saw, and then I could come back and do my finishing passes with the circular saw once I had my inside circle cut, I needed to work on the border, which is basically a ring, and I made that first by cutting an octagon out of two by times.