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Arizona Hall Tables Part 2

Today was a very long day in the shop. I logged over 17 hours working on the hall tables. I fell into a rhythm and just kept moving forward. This morning I started out by finishing up the black filler and the final milling of all the wood components. The legs were sanded to remove the majority of the resin build up, jointed to create two square faces and planed to their final dimension. I cut the legs to length using a miter gauge with a stop set at 33 1/4″ to the left of the blade.

Check out the rustic figure in this velvet mesquite. There is a lot of interesting things going on in this wood.

After a bit of shuffling to determine the position of each leg, I sat down and carefully laid out all of the mortises, tapers, and wood pin holes.

The wood pins lock the tenons to the legs and are drilled first on the drill press.

After the holes are drilled I move on to the hollow chisel mortiser and cut each mortise one at a time.

It sure is convenient to be able to drill a square hole.

The mortises typically come out with a bit of crud at the bottom. A little time with a pair of chisels and some compressed air and the mortises turn out clean and beautiful. The tenons are roughed out on the table saw. The first step involves cutting the shoulder of the tenon. I do this using a stop block and a cross-cut sled.  Once the shoulders are cut, the tenoning fixture makes quick work of removing the cheeks of the tenon. I like to cut them oversized and fine tune the fit using a shoulder plane, chisels and block plane.

My new leg vise is amazing at holding the work rock steady. I am so glad I added this vise to my set up table.

With the vise set to clamp a 3″ board I just rotate the piece vertically and I can clean up the shoulder with a chisel.

Once all of the joints are as I want them, I can assemble the first dry fit and get a rough look at the hall tables taking shape.

I love the first dry fit. It is very gratifying to see something standing up all on its own. You’ve got to love the mortise and tenon joint.

Next up, I hope to get all of the tapers and arches cut and the through tenon stretcher dry fit. If time permits, I may also get the bread boards attached and sanded.

-Sam

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