Section View

The top of the table rests on a small box-like platform that is called a birdcage, (Don't ask me how it got that name.) From a visual standpoint, the birdcage may not be as interesting as the legs, the column, or even the top of the table. But it plays a very important role. It allows the table to both tip and turn. The entire birdcage assembly turns freely on a post mounted in the end of the column. This allows you to rotate the top of the table. And die top is hinged to the birdcage so that...

Tip And Turn Table

The photo below shows most of the hardware and supplies you'll need for the tip and turn table. To mount the table top to the birdcage, I used a pair of 2 no-mortise hinges ( 28688) that were ordered from Rockier. The spring-loaded table catch from Horton Brasses (H-43) holds the top down when the table is in use but then allows you to quickly release it and tip it up for easy storage. The small spindles for the birdcage mechanism can be purchased from Rockier ( 21360). You'll need a couple...

Birdcage Section View

OVERALL DIMENSIONS 2SVa N X 2SV*D x 28VnH top is veneered on both top and bottom Wood wedge and washer lock birdcage to post in column Birdcage assembly allows top to tip and turn Cleats straddle birdcage and prevent top from warping Bead molding fits into dado in column Tapered dovetails on legs fit into sockets in column Column is made with table saw and band saw NOTE For optional round top design, see page 39. OVERALL DIMENSIONS 2SVa N X 2SV*D x 28VnH top is veneered on both top and bottom...

Routing Dovetails

A half-blind dovetail jig makes it easy. And with you'll be routing perfect joints in no time. Template position determines depth of socket for tail Fence establishes depth of socket for tail Adjustable Fence & Template Style Cam (or knob) system secures workpiece It's hard to think of a woodworking joint you can cut faster than a halfblind dovetail both parts of the joint are cut at the same time with a hand-held router and a half-blind dovetail jig (photo above). The real challenge is...

Woodsmith Project Supplies

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Tapered Sliding Dovetail

Sliding Dovetail Jig Plans

You won't find a better joint for connecting the column and the legs of the tip and turn table. You may be curious about why I chose to use a tapered sliding dovetail to join the legs to the column of the tip and turn table. Well, the answer involves both a little history along with some modern techniques. Most of the old examples of this style of table used a turned, round column. And the joint used to attach the shaped legs to the round column was almost always a straight-sided sliding...

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Router Table Mechanism

NOTE Label drawer pieces on inside faces NOTE Label drawer pieces on inside faces Troubleshooting Tips for Getting a Perfect Fit Checking the Fit. With a perfect-fitting dovetail, you should be able to slide the pieces together halfway by hand and then tap them home with a mallet. After the initial scoring pass, you can rout the tails by moving the router in and out of the slots in the template, working from left to right Figure 2 . Before removing the pieces from the jig, make sure that every...