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Friday, May 11, 2012

American Tilt and Turn Table
















I have started to put the legs into the turned table post, I am using a dovetailed mortise and tenon for the joinery. You have to cut the dovetail into the post sideways with an inverted cone burr, if you come from the top you will just end up with a straight channel. But the Proxxon can't cut that in hardwood in one go, so I first cut a channel in the normal way little bits at a time with a slightly narrower cutter.


















The leg is shaped at the ankle and it is hard to cut these very hard woods with a knife, so once again I made a jig to shape the leg, in the jig is one that still needs to be cut, next to it is a leg that has been cut. On the third leg the hard edges has been rounded with sandpaper wrapped around a dowel. And a fourth leg has been glued in to the table post. After I have cut the 3 grooves as explained above, I file the area where the leg is going to touch the turned post flat, only then do I cut the dovetail in the post with the burr. The dovetail on the leg starts of as a normal tenon cut too big and then hand filed to get the right angle to fit into the dovetail on the post. The slot that you see on the top of the post is for a key made of a flat piece of wood that will fit in the slot and prevent the bird cage from falling of when you turn the table-top, it works like a modern day lazy Susan.


















And here is a finished African Blackwood table post with a chair that is finally glued together, the chair still needs arm rests.

Have a wonderful weekend
Elga

10 comments:

Catherine said...

You sure are going to have some BEAUTIFUL furniture in you house!!!

Giac said...

Hello Elga,
I love to see your work. i have never tried to make intricate furniture, but the day I try I can guarantee your will be one of the first reference sites I visit. I love the way you explain things so clearly.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hugs
Giac

Karin Corbin said...

Great work...
African Blackwood...that explains why it can't be trimmed with a knife!

Ilona said...

Hello Elga! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. It is a true masterwork, I admire your work.
Greetings, Ilona

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

¡Perfecto¡ una maravilla de trabajo, felicidades :)

miraclechicken said...

Thank you for sharing your techniques and procedure. Your furniture is beautiful---

Debora said...

Hi Elga, great progress you've made. I know the deadline that's at your back, so well done.

I poked the top picture to see whether you have an angle set in your jig. Cos you could make a 60 degree cut on one side of the piece that holds your stock. If you would then insert a scrap piece/leg into the first dovetail mortise, you can turn the centre post till it stops against the side. Now the center post will be in the right position to cut the second mortise. But be aware to take the thickness of the scrap leg into account (ie compensate for it by raising your stock slightly with a piece of card or making sure the scrap piece isn't too thick).

Kathi said...

Beautiful Elga! Just beautiful!

Thanks for your tip over at Casey's about removing the formatting on Blogger. I tried that and it really helps!

Blessings,
Kathi

Sanschichis said...

Quel plaisir de suivre l'évolution de ce travail! J'admire! Ce modèle de chaise est superbe et superbement réalisé!

Jeannette said...

I am glad you had a wonderful time at Castine...it was great to meet you briefly at the Rheda show....