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Mesquite Bench and table week 3

This past week I was able to take the square components and begin adding the various shape details. The first item was the tapered legs. Each step reveals new voids and features in the mesquite. I fill the voids after each cut to ensure the stock moves as little as possible during subsequent cuts.

After all of the leg tapers are completed, I created the arch features for the stretchers and rails. Having made 14 of the hall tables in the past, I have assembled a router template which secures the component using two toggle clamps and allows the work to be guided safely through the bit.

A closer look at the template bit reveals how the whole system works. A guide bearing at the base of the cutter rides against a finely shaped plywood template while the helical cutter removes any mesquite protruding beyond the profile of the template.

With the arches and tapers cut, all of the base components are ready for radius details, finish, and assembly. Once the tops are constructed, I will complete the finish details on all components and assemble.

Currently, I am working to beef up a shop made slab flattening fixture to accommodate the large slab tops. Next week I will begin construction on the breadboard ends and tops.

-Sam

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