The construction of the table is pretty straightforward. You'll start by building the two end assemblies as shown above. I used traditional mortise and tenon joinery for strength and durability. And since the base will be painted, I
used pop Jar instead of a more expensive hardwood.
LEGS. To budd the base, I started with the Legs. I had to glue up two pieces of 1" stock to reach the full 2" thickness required for the legs. Then you can trim them to width
Shop Tips: Aligning and Priding Mortises
and length before laying out all the mortises (detail 'a' above).
When laying out the joinery, the thing to keep in mind is that the legs for each end are mirror images of each other. To avoid confusion, I labeled each leg before I started. That way I'm less likely to cut a mortise in the wrong place. Take a look at the box at left for tips on making the mortises. Before moving on to die other pieces, 1 routed the roundovers as shown above.
CUTTING TENONS. Making the aprons and end rails is the next step. All of these pieces will have a tenon formed on the ends, so I set up to cut all of the tenons at the same time. I started by cutting the pieces to width and length. Then I used a dado blade to cut die tenons on the ends (see detail 'b' above). It's a good idea to sneak up on the thickness of the tenons and frequently check the fit in the mortises.
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