The next thing to be addressed was to create more horizontal space for laying out fabric and housing sewing machines and a serger. I had made a table that held two machines but the way it stuck out into the room interrupted the work flow. That table has become the main cutting table and two new, narrower tables are almost complete that will fit against the walls. The hardest thing we had to overcome in the design was an angled, 45 degree wall. Angles may add interest to a room but they're a royal pain when it comes to creating a floor plan -- always end up with some wasted space.
In any case, last Friday we went to Peterman Lumber to buy ultralight MDF and Poplar to start the build out. Also picked up a couple of 4' x 8' sheets of white laminate. Doing laminate work isn't one of my favorites but you can't beat it when you need a smooth and durable work surface. The first thing I needed to do was to build the tables. The legs came from 8/4 stock and have a taper at the bottom to lighten them up. Nothing says quality furniture to me like mortise and tenon joinery, here's my set up for that:
|Ready for M & T's|
You can see the taper at the bottom of the leg. The mortises are cut and need to be cleaned out with chisels. On the left is a bench hook and saw ready to cut tenons and at the right is another bench hook and a rabbet block plane to trim the cheeks.
|Laying out the Haunch|
Once the sawing is done my go to tool for trimming the tenons is a rabbet block plane:
|Trimming Tenon Cheeks|
Once all of the joints fit the way they should the final step before assembly is to plane all of the surfaces. The bronze smoother plane left a beautiful finish on the Poplar. I use the block plane to put a slight chamfer on every edge.
This is a rather long (5') and narrow (22") table so assembly was done in two stages. First the ends were glued and clamped, then the long apron pieces were assembled. Good thing Diane is good about helping on these projects as it's pretty hard to span 5' and bring the joints together!
|Glued up and Ready for Paint|