I built this table for my Mum's birthday. It was meant to be an outdoors table for the patio but Mum refused to have it outside. It now takes pride of place inside and the old dining-room table has gone out on the patio.
Preparing the wood. Clamping to straighten it as much as possible.
Adding extra weight to the clamps. Then off to South Africa for a six-week holiday while it remains clamped.
Creating a jig for routing the tongues and grooves. I simply screwed the jig to my workbench.
Tongue and groove jig. Helped immensely to rout the tongues and grooves nice and easy.
Putting the table top together in two halves and then through the thicknesser to ensure uniform thickness.
Fitting the boards together.
I made the legs from four boards apiece to create a fuller and more solid look.
Adding strengthening to make the table more stable. Corner pieces have been hand made and curved with rasp and sander.
Time for sanding. The individual parts had been sanded as the project went on but now was time for the final sand for a great extra-smooth feel.
Almost finished. Just needing a coat of varnish.
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