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Mario Rodriguez takes period furniture and makes it as easy to build as can be by mixing modern-day machines and jigs (where they work best) with hand tools (where they just shouldn’t be substituted). This Federal tilt-top tea table is a great intermediate-level project.
One of the clever Rodriguez machine tips is the plywood jig he uses to rout the column. It supports the column and guides the router while cutting the three dovetail slots for the legs.
Another crafty jig holds the shaped legs so you can rout dovetails on them.
After shaping all three legs by hand, another time-saving pair of jigs allows you to taper the legs on a planer.
CLICK HERE to download the free PDF article and woodworking plan for Mario Rodriguez’s tilt-top table.
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I built this table to use in my daughter's wedding last month and it was a big hit. Used black walnut for the table and it turned out to be a thing of beauty (if I do say so myself)! The plans worked great and the plans for the jig to route for the leg slots worked slick - Thanks so much!
I was able to easily adapt Mario's great plan to my work in wine barrel wood, which one can see on my website: http://www.barnhouseproducts.com/TiltTopTable.html I haven't had any requests for this table (price?), which is just as well as I actually didn't have it to sell - I donated it to a hospice fundraiser.
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In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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