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.


  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?

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

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

  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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