Thursday, August 2, 2012

Update on the redwood counters

I've been working a few hours this past week on tidying up a flower bed in one of our neighborhood parks, so I haven't been spending very many mornings in the shop (and afternoons are out of the question, since it gets hot enough to bake bread in there). But I've made a little progress, which I thought I'd share in a quick update.

After milling all the components and gluing together the top, I made templates:

and routed all the mortises needed (shown here on the caps and feet that will be attached to the legs):

I laminated two boards together and made the stretcher and cut the tenons. I wanted to cut the top in a graceful arch, so I took a page from boat building and used a thin piece of wood as a batten to draw the curve, which I then cut on the bandsaw:

Here is the stretcher, dry fit into the mortises of the two legs:

Next up is to cut and fit the tenons of the legs into the mortises of the caps and feet. I should be able to get that done tomorrow, after which it is simply a matter of attaching the top to the legs, et al. Hopefully, I can get that done tomorrow morning before it gets too hot. I think it's going to look pretty good when it is put together.

4 comments:

  1. I don't do a good job seeing in my mind what a project like that looks like when finished. I look forward to seeing it completed.

    I am way behind in my gardening at church and home as well. I just have not had the energy to go out in the heat. Do you have help with the park beds?

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  2. Am in total awe!! Love the look of the redwood and with it planed smooth it is just beautiful. Go Sue!!

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  3. It's going to be a good looking counter!

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  4. You you are totally right about the heat and shop time. But looks like your mornings have been fruitful. Great looking project.

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