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End Table

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This traditionally styled end table makes good use of easier methods for shaping curves to achieve an attractive, rounded appearance. You cut out the curves with a band saw, then shape them smooth by flush trimming with a router. But, if you donít have a router, you can shape these curves by roughing them with a band saw then smoothing them with a drum sander mounted in a drill press. You could also do the shaping with a saber saw and a then smooth the surfaces with a spokeshave, files, or a drum sander in a hand drill, though the last alternative is hard to control.

Parts List, all 3/4" thick stock

6- 4 x 32 legs
4- 4 x 20 rails
1- 24 x 24 top
1- 20 x 20 shelf
various scraps for screw blocks

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Jorgensen Hand Screws

Bessey Tradesman Bar Clamps

Freud Combination Blade


Photo 1- Gluing up the leg blanks. There are six pieces of wood being clamped together here, but no glue in the middle joint, so you end up with two groups of three each. Clean all the glue off with hot water and rags while it's wet.
If you need clamps, click here.
If you need glue, click here.

For the legs, glue together two sets of three boards, each board at 3/4 x 4 x 32", as in photo 1. There is no glue in the middle lamination. When out of clamps rip each set of three down the middle as in photo 2. Make this cut in stages, first at 1" above the table, then at 2". The result will be four pieces at about 1-1/16" thick. Sand the sawn faces smooth with a belt sander, or plane them with a planer or hand plane.

To see belt sanders, click here.
To see hand planes, click here.
To see planers, click here.

Photo 2- Take each of the glue blanks and rip it down the middle to make each leg. Do the cut in increments, first with the blade at 1" height and then higher.
To see table saws, click here

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