Maple Trestle Table, Session 26 – Installing the Base

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.  Here is a list of the previous Sessions:

Session 1 – Flat Boards are Boring;
Session 2 – Playing with Slabs;
Session 3 – From Two Slabs to One Table Top;
Session 4 – Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood;
Session 5 – Routing Pockets for Battens;
Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors;
Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside;
Session 8 – Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top;
Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL);
Session 10 – Curvy Legs are Always Good;
Session 11 – Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces;
Session 12 – Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints;
Session 13 – Making Things Better, Worse, then Better;
Session 14 – Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again;
Session 15 – The Trestle Comes Together Session;
Session 16 – Angled Mortises and Tenons;
Session 17 – Two Feet for Two Legs;
Session 18 – Attachment Strips and Power Carving;
Session 19 – Refining the Sculpted Base;
Session 20 – A Little Sanding, then Lots More Sanding;
Session 21 – Preparing for a Big Glue-Up;
Session 22 – Fitting and Joining the Table Top;
Session 23 – The Bottom of the Top;
Session 24 – Profiling the Table’s Edge; and
Session 25 – Completing the Bottom Edge.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username, being the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are preceded by a @ symbol and are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you see is #, which serves as a category.  I try to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

FlairWoodworks I don’t have much time to work today, but I want to finish the work on the table’s underside. #flairww -2:38 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I bored holes in the underside of the battens for T-nuts. #flairww -2:41 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I bored a 7/16″ clearance hole and 3/32″ holes for the four prongs. #flairww -2:43 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I need to buy two 1″ x 7/16″ bolts to fasten the base to the top. #flairww -2:57 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Then I’ll trim the mounting strips flush to the surface of the battens. #flairww -2:57 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Last picture of the day! #flairww -3:07 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I know you’re as anxious as I to see the table on its feet. With a little Photoshopping, I got this. (Thanks to my friend Mike for lending me his sky hook!) #flairww -4:11 PM Jun 7th, 2012

GenWoodworks @FlairWoodworks looks great! -3:14 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Thank you! #flairww RT @GenWoodworks:@FlairWoodworks looks great! -4:13 PM Jun 7th, 2012

LaMacchiaDesign @FlairWoodworks when’s the big flip coming? -4:02 PM Jun 7th, 2012

FlairWoodworks That’ll happen in the next session, Session 27! #flairww RT @LaMacchiaDesign: @FlairWoodworks when’s the big flip coming? -4:13 PM Jun 7th, 2012

DyamiPlotke I love it! -6:09 PM Jun 7th, 2012

In the next session, the top will be flipped and I will start work on the top side, including reflattening it and profiling the top edge.  I’ll bet that you can’t wait!

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