Shaker End Table #10: I couldn't wait...

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I injured my thumb the other day and I didn’t think I would be able to work on the table for a while, but I just couldn’t wait so here goes…

First thing was to cut the pine board to rough lengths

I hand planed the long edges of the two bottoms boards and glued them together. At this point I decide to use the table saw to cut down the sides, back and bottom panel to size.

Next was to use the small plow plane to cut a dado in the sides and front piece for the bottom panel. I have yet to put any dog or holdfast holes in the bench, so I had to get creative on how to hold the small boards off the edge of the bench. First attempt was using a notched batten, but it did not hold tight.

Next attempt was to jerry rig a saddle square in the tail vise to pinch the board in place, it worked but is not ideal.

I finally broke down and made and installed a round dog in the tail vise, okay, that works so much better.

Once the two sides were done, I moved onto cutting the stopped dado in the front piece using the plow plane, router plane and chisel.

Hoping to start dovetailing tomorrow.

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Very nice progress pat even with the injury. It’s getting close to complete now, this is usually when I rush and make an error, please take care not to get any more injuries. Nice work by the way.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

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