STL 147: Troublesome Tabletops and Too-Tight Box Joints
Plus, alternatives to taking woodworking classes, routing circle cut-outs, glue line creeping, favorite tools, and smooth moves
00:44 – Question 1:
I’m designing a trestle table. I’m hung up on how to attach the top to the leg battens in a way that allows for wood movement and keeps any fasteners used hidden.
This table will be used to serve communion, and since it will be on an elevated platform, the underside will be visible. Any ideas?
05:22- Question 2:
I’d love to be able to take a real set of in-person classes, both because it would be great fun and because it’s the best way for me to learn. Unfortunately, I have to travel often for work, and usually with little notice, so it’s pretty hard to commit to a day a week or that sort of thing.
Can you recommend any good resources to build fundamental woodworking skills through thought out progression of exercises and/or projects, but without having to commit to a real live class?
18:00 – All Time Favorite Tool of All Time… for this week:
- Ben – Bench Grinder
- Mike – Magnetic Tack Hamme
- Tom – Stanley 53 spokeshave
33:03 – Question 3:
I recently needed to rout some circle cut-outs. I made a circle template. I routed the first 2 circles with the template perfectly. On the last circle, the router bit caught just as I was finishing up and as you probably can guess, some significant tearout resulted.
Although I have some guesses on how this happened, I’m really not completely sure. Any good suggestions on how to avoid this in the future? It seems like it shouldn’t happen since I started out in the right direction – against the rotation of the bit.
39:22 – Question 4:
I have noticed on some of the pieces I’ve built the glue lines in the panels (e.g. table tops) develop a subtle, hair thick ridge line. I know it’s from the glue creeping, but was wondering what causes it and how to prevent it?
45:20 – Smooth Moves
- Mike – Shaping an armrest upside-down
- Ben – Not cleaning the steel wool residue off of the table while painting
- Tom – Rounding over a bevel while freehand sharpening
54:37 – Question 5:
I was hoping you guys had some tips or tricks for assembling a tight box joint. As it stands, with no glue, I can work it together with a bit of force and it will eventually fit – I am concerned that when I add glue it is going to lock up a bit and brute force could damage. I am also hesitant to put any sandpaper on it as the joint is tight with no gaps.
Was thinking maybe the oven to pull some extra moisture out of the wood – but worried this might warp the rest of it.
- Ben – Evan Court’s instagram account
- Mike – Band of Brothers
- Tom – Amazon Prime
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