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Coffee table: fitting the top insert

Boy, it seems that one thing after another has been keeping me from woodworking. Some of it not so good and some of it a lot of fun. Let’s see, my back was killing me a couple of weeks ago. Then we went to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama/Tennessee game. Then I had an out of town work trip to Atlanta. Finally, this past Friday evening I spent about two hours in the shop along with a little time this morning before church.

The top is nearing completion. I will have to stain the tiger maple insert prior to assembly since these boards will be stained a different color than the rest of the top. Hopefully, I will be able to make some real progress this week.

Difficult sanding. I need to send the end of these boards, so I make a jig to help me do this.

Keeping the angle. This jig helps me keep my sanding at 45 degrees.

Fitting the tenons. I use loose tenons to join the slats.

Sliding every thing into place. With one corner of the frame glued,
I slide the tiger maple slats into place.

The test run. Except for the one corner of the frame, everything else is dry fitted to
test how the frame will go together.

About finished. I love the look of a project just before the stain goes on.

Before I can get to the stain, I have to route a decorative edge to the table top, plus do a little final sanding.

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During the week, I sell flooring products for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.

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