Im stumbling along, and I mean stumbling along.
Ive had to wax the beds of the jointer and planer twice in 2 days.
I changed the blades on the jointer last night.
This white oak and hard maple are a bit difficult for me to work with such large heavy pieces.
I did not match up all the rift saw, quartersawn, and light or dark white oak,( sorry, the camera batteries went dead, I wanted to show before I apply any oil the different shades.)
I love the contrast and beauty of this, so I wouldnt bother using matching boards all over.
Its all white oak exterior, ash and maple interior parts.The center stretcher is around 12 inches wide, with a 3 inch x 4 inch laminated piece of hard maple on top, a 3inch by 1.5 inch on bottom with white oak outsides.IM thinking bout glueing the top boards to the top support and using screws for the bottom support so the wood has room to move. The center stretcher will be glued in top in between posts, not in between walls.
Pics explain it, show it, and its just so tempting to just glue it all together and not worry about wood movement. But Im afraid a 22 inch 28 inch high panel would love to jump around on me and eventually start to crack.
IF anyone who looks at this thinks I could get away with just glue, please voice an opinion. Otherwise, Im going to use screws with oversized holes to attach everything and then cover with plugs. Glue only the middle board of each piece.
My muscles, what little I have left, are sore and I have no energy left to start to plane and cut a top until I completely assemble and move this base unit.
I could not clamp it all so perfect since nothing is being held together and the parts are very heavy., but wanted to give an idea of what the base will look like.
Its 53 inches long, for an approx 72-74 inch length table top,and it goes 24 inches wide with the mahogany endcaps, for a table width of approx 40-41 inches.
I had to cut out the support beam slot on the inner walls and decided to rough cut with a jigsaw, then I put in a 2 inch flush bit with a bearing.
Ofcourse, while cutting, I dont know how, I let the entire thing shift and had a drop off cut from the bit. It wont show, its hidden by the oak on the center stretcher. My bit is so rusted, but it did the job.
I used the plunge saw and rail to trim up and square off all the panels, the ran a tiny bit off on the table saw to get all parts equal height.
Im waiting on some screws and a 3/4 plug cutter so I can start attaching all parts with screws, and sort of let each panel "float" on the inner support columns.
I hope my design isnt too flawed.
A big part of my enjoyment, is to make my own plans and follow them through.