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    Communion Table & Stands - Large table done!

    I started working on three tables I'm building for my church. The first, a communion table is essentially a sofa table and is modeled after a design published by Darrell Peart in his book on G&G elements.
    Communion Table - Drawing.PDF

    The other two tables will be used to the hold the baskets used to collect the small communion cups (shot glasses). They will be smaller, similar to plant stands, about 14" square at the top.

    It started with the construction of the jig to rout the leg indents. The next step was to mill the legs. Not an easy task because Lyptus is very heavy! I muscled two 6' long 8/4 by 8" boards across the jointer and about a dozen trips through the planer last night. Before I turned out the lights for the evening I ripped and crosscut all the legs to rough dimensions.

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    Today the grand-kids are coming over to assist in some yard work , so I don't know how much I'll get accomplished. I'd like to get the tops milled and rough cut, but time will tell.

    I think the hardest part of this build is figuring out the best way to do the aprons. I really like the detail of what appears to be a form of frame and panel construction, but I worry about; 1 - my ability to accomplish it, and 2 - the strength of the table as I expect it will be bumped and moved often. Of course, the addition of the lower shelf probably helps with the overall rigidity.
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    i usually go the mortise and tenon route for aprons. that's what i did for the hockey coffee table. just have to make the apron high enough so that you have a good sized tenon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    i usually go the mortise and tenon route for aprons. that's what i did for the hockey coffee table. just have to make the apron high enough so that you have a good sized tenon.
    That's what I was thinking. Looking at the picture, it would seem that the apron is made up of individual rails that will require two mortises on each leg. The stiles at the legs need only be fitted flush to the leg. The stiles in the center will require mortises into the curved rails.
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    Should be an interesting project. I'm looking forward to seeing the end results.
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    I did a little more digging and found a detail in Darrell's book on the apron. The 'panel' is actually the apron and it is mortised into the legs. The rails and stiles are actually applied to the panel and are not structural. This should make construction a lot easier.

    This is a LINK to a picture of the table that Darrell makes. This man is a master by any definition.
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    +1 on M&T for the easiest apron to leg joinery. That arched work is what really sets this look apart. I'm looking forward to going along for the ride ;-)
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    Rennie have you got the latest issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. There is a lovely table in their that you might like to see.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    I did a little more digging and found a detail in Darrell's book on the apron. The 'panel' is actually the apron and it is mortised into the legs. The rails and stiles are actually applied to the panel and are not structural. This should make construction a lot easier.

    This is a LINK to a picture of the table that Darrell makes. This man is a master by any definition.
    Rennie,
    Darrell's leg indents appear to be tapered in depth. Are your doing yours that way, too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Rennie,
    Darrell's leg indents appear to be tapered in depth. Are your doing yours that way, too?
    Yep. Built and tested the jig a couple of days ago. Works like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Yep. Built and tested the jig a couple of days ago. Works like a charm.
    Yeah, I saw the jig. I just didn't realize it was tapered.
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