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    Drop Leaf Table Build

    Build for a previous thread.

    I will post pics and attach makers drawings in PDF should someone wish to do a similar project.

    Start with the lumber, Cherry with a little bit of Soft Maple



    Next is a drawing of the leg, we need four.



    I have attached parametric drawings of the exploded assembly, as well as leg pictured above in PDF

    The legs will be made by laminating 4/4 stock, three pieces to give us the desired thickness.

    The boards are ripped on the table saw



    The sides which will accept glue are jointed clean to allow a quality glue line



    Then follows the glue-up of each leg, using Tightbond Original. The boards are carefully orientated to allow the grain flow in the same direction, so we don't get tear-out when planing and also to try and hide the glue lines by selecting matching grain patterns.



    More later, will be a slow build shop time is a luxury at the moment.


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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    And the leg drawing

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Love seeing work in process, I will definitely be following this along.

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Look forward to seeing more!
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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Looks good. I am also looking forward to more progress pics.

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Good progress Willem, thanks for sharing the journey.
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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Copied from Willem's first thread. I was curious to compare Willem's "new & improved" table without gate legs to the old rickety one below. I don't think that there'll be any comparison but it'll be a fun build to follow an excellent craftsman.

    You will have to twist my arm to post pics of the old table, it is not in my shop.

    Here is the info though.

    Made from Rubber Wood ( Asian trees used for making latex, they get taken down at 25 years old and cut into lumber) heavily stained. The leg joints are mortise and tenon, pinned with wood screws and a terrible fit, so all the glue joints failed with the table rocking on it's legs. They used corner legs which swing out to support the leaves and for hinging these they used pieces of copper pipe. The fitting is pretty loose. The top and leaves are ply and also heavily stained. Probably something we can buy at an antique store, for around $50.

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Like the others, I love following a work-in-progress thread. In the previous thread you were asking about tipping, or stability. What did you finally decide?
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    is all I have to say.
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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Glue dried, first thing to square the sticks on the jointer, two sides.





    Then through the planer to get same thickness and square the other two sides



    Mark out the mortises on each leg



    Cut the mortises



    Leg into lathe



    And the first leg done. Can never figure which is the easiest, the first to get the look or the others to be exactly the same as the first.

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    A little more shop time.

    Cut the table aprons, true thickness on jointer and planer and cut to rough length. Then to perk up the look a little, a Soft Maple strip is glued to the bottom of the apron. The long sides will not be seen once done, but the short sides will look a little nicer with the Cherry ending in a white Maple bottom edge.



    Trim the Maple strip with a handplane. This is a little Victory vintage I picked up some time ago on Ebay for $15 and restored. One of my favorites, always have to find an excuse to use it.



    Next we go to the shaper to mill a little bead on the Maple edge.



    Time to cut the tenons after cutting the aprons to correct length. There are many different ways to do these, I seem to do them different every time. Using a table saw jig, this took about 20 minutes to do all the tenons.



    The shoulders and cheeks were done on the table saw with a bit of bandsaw cutting included, then the width (bandsaw cut) was trimmed with a hand chisel for an exact fit.





    And we are ready for a dry fit of the table base. Everything nice and snug. More next week.

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Thanks for the update Willem, it is looking great!

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Wow, that's looking amazing. I find it funny how just a little strip of contrasting maple really makes the aprons gorgeous.

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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Next is to start working on the table top and the leaves

    We select the boards for grain matching and width. For the 21" top three boards are needed based on the lumber I have and for the leaves at 17" two boards each.

    Boards are cut to length.

    The boards I have are straight enough, not to bother with face jointing. (Thx Chris, love your Cherry!!) To try and maintain as much of the board thickness available, I thickness plane only the table top faces, not concerned with the bottoms as they will be out of sight. I will do a little finishing on the underneath of the table top and leaves once glued up, but they do not have to be perfect.

    After thickness planing, the glue edges are jointed to be square with the top faces and to be glue line quality.

    The boards are placed dry into pipe clamps and a little wedge was needed to get perfect alignment somewhere in the center. Note, I do not use biscuits, dowels or anything else to align the boards. I can get perfect alignment of the three boards and a straight flat face checked with a straight edge, just using a bit of wiggle in the clamps.



    After making sure everything lines up dry and all the joint lines are nice and tight, the clamps are removed and covered with painters tape, to avoid glue corrosion on the black pipes staining the wood.



    Then one edge of each of the boards on the side is covered with glue, the boards go back into the clamps, aligned, clamped and the glue up is complete. I use moderate pressure, all we need as a snug glue line with no gaps. I use a wet cloth to wipe up the excess glue.



    Once the glue is dry, the same will be done for the leaves, then follows cleaning up the top surfaces and cutting to final length and width square.

    At this time my thickness using 4/4 is pretty much 1". Once finished, if I can get 7/8" I will be happy.

    Then follows a rule joint for the drop leaves. More later.
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    Re: Drop Leaf Table Build

    Thank you very much for all the explanation and work in process pictures! As much as I enjoy seeing the final pieces, it is very helpful to see how different people approach the build process and the steps that are taken. I will continue checking back for updates, keep up the good work!

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