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1/8" ROUND-OVERS

3/8" ROUND-OVER ON ALL

3/16" ROUND-OVERS ON ALL SIDES

7 Glue the base together upside down on a dead-flat surface (such as your table-saw), so the base doesn't end up crooked. Biscuit joints can shift side to side.

Level the rails with 4-1/2-in.- wide support blocks.

SUPPORT BLOCKS"

Caution: Unplug your tablesaw before using it as a work surface.

7/8" OVERHANG ON ALL FOUR

Caution: Unplug your tablesaw before using it as a work surface.

The first time I made this table, I glued it up on my rickety assembly bench, which isn't as flat as it should be. I ended up with a base that wobbled like a bad chair.

To slightly shorten the two long legs, I taped some very coarse sandpaper to the top of my tablesaw and shoved the table back and forth. Cutting the legs is pretty risky, so this is a time-consuming but foolproof way to make the base level.

FIG. F: Undersides of Tops and Shelves

Cutting bevels and rabbets on these pieces is easy to do on the tablesaw with our simple sliding jig (see Sliding Tablesaw Jig, page 66). These cuts make the top and shelves appear thinner without requiring a planer.

7/8" OVERHANG ON ALL FOUR

3. Set up the router table with a 1/8-in. round-over bit. Shape the lower edges of the narrow rails (F) and wide stretchers (G). You can also use coarse sandpaper, a file or a spokeshave instead of a router bit.

4. Sand all the legs, rails and stretchers.

Assemble the Base

1. Glue the sides first. Insert the narrow stretcher (H) square to the legs. Use a handscrew or an adjustable wrench to twist the stretcher into position, if needed. Make sure the wide rail (F,) is even with the tops of the legs.

2. Make two blocks 4-1/2-in. wide by 14-in. long to ensure the narrow rails (F) are level and parallel. Then glue the two sides together (Photo 7).

Make the Top and Shelves

1. Glue up the top and shelves, cut them to size, and smooth the top surfaces with a sander or a plane and scraper.

2. Knock together a basic holding jig for the tablesaw (see Sliding Tablesaw Jig, page 66).

3. Tilt your tablesaw blade to 20 degrees. Draw a bevel on the edge of your top (Fig. F, below left) and clamp the top in the jig. Adjust the fence to cut the entire bevel in one pass. Saw bevels on the bottom face of the top (B, Photo 8). Sand the bevels smooth.

4. Tilt the saw blade back to square and make 3/8-in.-deep relief cuts on the front and back edges of the upper shelf (C) and all four sides of the lower shelf (D). Clamp each shelf to the sliding jig and remove the rest of the waste (Photo 9).

The blade guard must be removed for this cut. Be careful.

8 Cut bevels on the underside of the top with a sliding jig (at left). If your saw tilts to the right, move your fence to the left side of the blade.This jig keeps your hands out of harm's way and holds the workpiece so securely that you'll only have very shallow saw marks to clean up. Use a 3-in. C-clamp to hold the workpiece.

The blade guard must be removed for this cut. Be careful.

Sliding Tablesaw Jig

Hold small panels on edge for cutting bevels and rabbets on the tablesaw with this simple jig. Make the parts from plywood or MDF, clamp them in place and screw them together with countersunk flat-head screws.

9 Cut rabbets on the undersides of the shelves with the same jig as shown in Photo 8. It's much faster than setting up a dado set. First make relief cuts with the shelf lying flat on the tablesaw.Then stand the shelf on end and rip off the waste.

Cutting List

Base: 3/4" x 6" x 24" Face: 3/4" x 8-1/2" x 16" Supports: 3/4" x 5-1/2"x 5-1/2"

Scraping cocobolo makes it gleam. Scraping is fast, quiet and produces virtually no dust. (Cocobolo dust can be very irritating.) All the wood needs after scraping is a light sanding with extrafine paper.

Cocobolo

Have you ever admired the beautiful wood used on old woodworking tools? You were either looking at rosewood or cocobolo (Dalbergia retuso).Today,cocobolo is commonly used on knife handles and musical instruments.This oily wood is water resistant and takes a high polish with ease. But more importantly, it's flat-out stunning to look at.

Cocobolo is a member of the rosewood family. It hails from the tropical forests of Central America. At 68 lbs. a cubic foot, this wood is surprisingly heavy. (By contrast, cherry weighs about 38 lbs. a cubic foot.) It's so

Scraping cocobolo makes it gleam. Scraping is fast, quiet and produces virtually no dust. (Cocobolo dust can be very irritating.) All the wood needs after scraping is a light sanding with extrafine paper.

0a A Slide thin hardwood III bleats into slots on I the stretchers. Screw the cleats to the shelf.These shopmade fasteners clamp the shelf tight to the stretchers while allowing the shelf to shrink and swell with the seasons.

Sources seepage 98 CUTTING LIST

Overall Dimensions: 16"L 14"D 27"H Part Name Qty. Th" x

0a A Slide thin hardwood III bleats into slots on I the stretchers. Screw the cleats to the shelf.These shopmade fasteners clamp the shelf tight to the stretchers while allowing the shelf to shrink and swell with the seasons.

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