File comment: Dry fit all legs to the apron
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Today I dry fitted all parts to the apron and made fine adjustments to the back legs. Still need to cut the top of the legs and add the banding around the legs. There are still some other small details to complete on the legs. However, over the next few days I will start rough cutting the lumber for top and start making it's template.
Thanks, I appericate knowing there are people looking at the process and that someone may be inspired to try to build this table. I am suprised that nobody asked why was plexiglass used for the paterae oval template or used while clamping down the paterae during the glue up.
Well let me explain why...the oval has score marks on the edges were center is on the top and the sides. With the oval plexiglass template having the center lines scored on it, allows one to line up the the sand shaded fan easily prior to cutting out the fan into a oval shape. By using plexiglass as caul while glueing the paterae, allows one to see if the inlay (paterae in this case) is well seated. In addition, yellow glue (PVA) does not stick to the plexiglass. More clamps are need due to the flexibliy of the plexiglass.
Let me explain some another technique used in setting the paterae inlay. After scoring the leg, the outline is defined by using a chisel to remove a small amount of wood to the scored line. This may sound straight foward, but great care needs to be exercised here. Very lite cuts with the chisel are used and pull the small chips toward the center away from the score line, or you run the chance of wood fibers pulling wood out on the other side of the scored line (in this case the outside of the oval).
The little Colt router is the quickest way to remove the bulk of the wood in the center. I left about 1/16" to 1/8" of wood to the oval. A small hand router equipped with a 1/32" pointed bladed was used, The 1/32" pointed blade was used, since it is great at breaking wood fibers in a foward motion and will slice wood fibers using a sideways motion. Also, the point allow you to really get a well defined edge.
One last note about the paterae. After making the paterae, the need to be stored in a press (I am using a couple pieces of 3/4" plywood and several clamps). They warp like there is no tomorrow, if you don't keep them pressed.