28th Jun 2010, 04:02 PM #1
Dan's Myrtle Anniversary Shaker Table
My wife and I have been happily married 5 years in December... the 12th... I think...
The traditional present for the 5th year wedding anniversary is conveniently wood. I've decided to make for us a nice family dinning table. (With possible chairs or benches.)
This table was meant to be completed last year, however, my roubo has blown out to a 2 year project (blog|forums|LumberJocks.) The design will be based on a shaker table I built in 2008 (blog).
Here's some pictures of how the table top comes as a flat pack from Boutique Timbers. Some assembly is required.
The boards is fiddleback tas. myrtle which will form the center of the top. This will be edged by 4" on both sides and 6" of breadboards made from the tas. myrtle slab. More design details to come.
(I'm still actually working on my bench. But I wanted the timber in the shed to acclimatise a little before working it.)
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28th Jun 2010, 04:32 PM #2
Lovely looking timber, but are you sure you've fully grasped the sentiment of the 5th anniversary gift?.
I know you believe you understand what you think I wrote, but I'm not sure you realize that what you just read is not what I meant.
28th Jun 2010, 04:39 PM #3
28th Jun 2010, 05:35 PM #4
Could be a neck and neck race as to which is finished first!!
I'll be down to pick up any useful offcuts!
29th Jun 2010, 05:12 PM #5
So designing the top. Trying to get the right ratios in the design. Using the thicker planer boards to edge the piece.
Overall 2000mm x 1000mm to sit 8 people.
Breadboards 150mm x 35-40mm.
Edges 75mm x 35-40mm
Centre 25mm fiddleback.
29th Jun 2010, 06:49 PM #6
How close is that to the Golden Ratio??
30th Jun 2010, 04:54 PM #7
I've ripped the boards. 150mm (~165) for the bread boards, 100 (~110 x 2) for the edges, and some left overs. Stacked in the shed, acclimation time.
This must be the slowest and boring-est thread ever. lol. But hang in there. When the bench is done, the table top will come together very quickly.
1st Jul 2010, 06:04 AM #8
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1st Jul 2010, 07:15 AM #10
I'm a little surprised actually by the colour. I have some other tas. myrtle furniture I've made and it's become quite a brown/red colour. This timber is much pinker and the fiddleback had a flavour of yellow through it. Should be interesting.
3rd Jul 2010, 11:49 AM #11
The Set Up
The trusty woodfast combo. A roller out feed. The bench. The no 5 jack. Some saw horses. A tiny 1hp dusty which was quickly overwhelmed.
Although, I'm using a machine jointer, hand tools are still useful. In this photo I'm using my wagon vice for the first time to secure a piece while I knock the tips out of a twist with a no 5. Easy. Makes the power work much faster.
After the jointing is done, flip the machine and thickness the other side.
3rd Jul 2010, 07:32 PM #12
Why the antiki pictures?
3rd Jul 2010, 07:58 PM #13
Don't be rude Christos, they look very funky. Dan I have some of the KFC Myrtle too, some great colours in it, yellow, purple, pinks, white/blonde streaks. Looks great with some finish on it and the red if you have any of the little burly bits looks blood red.
A good edge takes a little sweat!!
3rd Jul 2010, 08:27 PM #14
Well the trusty circ saw is a lot safer with it's friend the wagon vice. Before, I used all sorts of scary looking clamping configurations to hold pieces while I used the circ. Now I simply used some pine to lift the piece from the bench and raise the bench dogs. (And triple check the depth of the saw cut.) I used this technique to cut the parallel side the one I jointed, and cut the outside rabbet.
I then used my leg vice + sliding leg vice to hold the pieces to joint the edges by hand. First I used the stanley no 7, then the new LN 62 1/2 block to joint the lines. I find this job most difficult. The human I can easily see a gap of 0.05mm.. and over the 1.8m length... that's tricky.
I have a stanely no 59 dowel jig. Problem is that my guide is 7/16" and my dowel 10mm... which means they're all out because the drill bit is loose. I glued 2 of 6 joints. I might just rub joint the rest.
3rd Jul 2010, 08:30 PM #15
Here's some shots of the machined pieces along with the apprentice laying down on the job.
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