Sunday, June 5, 2011

Refining the Center Stretcher

Construction of the Anniversary Shaker Table is in the home stretch. Today with the stretcher held securely to the bench I could finish some of the details. A nicholson fine rasp, a cheap riffler and some sand paper made quick work of rounding the edges and fitting the joint.




Holding the stretcher to the legs are keyed through mortise and tennon joints. I made the ebony keys quickly with a chisel and saw. Although a quick and fun way to build... the lack of planing caused one small hassle. A combination of a slight difference in the angle of the key and mortise and leaving the short grain too short caused a small blow out at both ends. The solution... it's now a design feature...

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