|Star Jasmine Flower|
The process started by making the Ebony dowels used for attachment. I have very little of the Ebony left but wanted to utilize what I could since it makes a nice functional yet decorative accent to the top. I'm sure this wasn't OSHA approved but I needed to make some small blanks on the bandsaw.
|Watch Your Fingers!|
|Square to Round|
It begins with planing the blank into an octagon shape. If you look at the picture, to the right of the block plane there's a bench hook with a groove in it that I use to hold the blank to plane it as needed. My next step is to use a pencil sharpener to taper the end making it easier to hammer through the dowel plate. That's the fancy looking piece of wood in the center of the table. I managed to get just enough of the 1/4" pegs for the top, 6 short pieces. Since I was at it, I used the smaller pieces that remained to make some 3/16" pegs as well. Even though these are kind of small, they may work to peg the tenons for the apron. Now we get to prepare everything for assembly.
First up was bringing the breadboard end to thickness. I left the lay-out tape on the top and then surfaced the end.
|Planing End to Size|
The purpose of a breadboard end is to allow the table top movement inside the slot/mortise. Wood moves across the grain due to atmospheric and humidity changes. The only place glue is used is on the center tongue. For this table, the center tenon is about 5" wide and the mortise it fits into is 1/4" wider on each side. The same applies to the measurements for mortise and tenons on the outside. Essentially this will allow the table top 1/2" of movement inside of the slot. Before assembly though, the outer holes need to be elongated so the wood can move as needed.
They are first laid out with the marking gauge, this is followed with a round file to elongate the hole.
|Round to Oval (more or less)|