Josefa Mullins Table November 15th, 2018 - 02:40:01
This metal and maple console table, which was done as a birthday present for my son. He designed the long box concept and we originally picked out some prefab metal legs on Etsy but seeing an opportunity to buy a new tool learn a new skill. I decided to fabricate the metal legs myself. The spot below his teeth is a little over four feet. Long and he wanted to take advantage of most of that space, so armed with that info in a few sketches, I got to work on the project.
I could have glued up individual maple boards to make up the top and sides, but my local hardware store Strunk Ace Hardware here in Key West sells maple project panels in various widths and lengths and a pretty reasonable price. One of the drawbacks to living here is that it's hard to get your hands on hardwoods other than mahogany. Since I have to learn to weld in order to make the legs for this project, they don't mind taking a few shortcuts on the woodworking. So I have already cut these pieces to size.
These are 11 inches by 11 inches and the side panels are 47 inches length and they're also 11 inches wide. Now that I have the top bottom and side pieces cut to their final sizes, let's talk about how we're going to join them together, I consider dovetails biscuits Festool Domino's, which is a floating tenon system, angled cuts with a spine on and on. In the end, I decided on a box joint or a finger joint for three reasons: one for strength, the amount of glue surface it offers it should be able to handle any racking or torsion when the pieces and use too.
I really think it's gonna fit the aesthetics for what I want in the piece number three. I have an unopened Keller jig sitting around the shop. I would love to try out. I have the jig set up and clamped to my work piece there's a bearing on the router bit that will ride on the fingers of the jig and guide my cut. I've set the router depth base and material thickness, plus the thickness of the jig.