In Part 1 I finished up the very basic structure of the table but this is where the majority of the work is starting to happen. I haven’t been able to get a ton of time to work on it over the past couple weeks but it is slowly coming together in pieces. Once I had the base of the table created, I started working on all the details.
First part was getting the top glued up. I laid out the best boards I could find in my stock and arranged them as best as I could. There are definitely small defects throughout the pieces but I just needed to get them as clean as possible and I’m hoping with all the finishes, the small bits will just blend in. At least I hope so!
Next part was working on the handle for the drawer. I wanted to keep as much of the table made out of wood so I did some searching online and found a couple examples of the handles I wanted to create. I started first by ripping some of the 8/4 stock I used for the legs. I wasn’t sure what style I wanted the handle to be so I made sure to cut a couple just in case I liked one more than the other.
Next was cutting a place for the handle to sit and attach to the front. I took a couple strips of the Hickory and added a small gap to snugly fit the handle. This tenon jig I built for my table saw years ago for a one off task and I can’t believe how many times I go back to it.
Next was shaping the handles. As you can see here, this is why I wanted to create 2 separate handles. I wanted to see how it looked with a small curve in the handle and one with a straight line. So far I think I like just the straight line one but I keep going back to the rounded one to see what I think. Once the table is glued up and assembled, that’s when I’ll make the final decision.
Here are holders cut down to size and the holes are being drilled to accept the dowels I’ll use.
And here is the “almost” finished handle. I will still be doing a bit more shaping on the blocks and will be drilling a final hole to pin them in place to hold the bar in place. Someone used a bamboo skewer to hold this in place which I thought was a great idea.
I laid out the cut line for where the drawer will go. This part I went back and forth on forever because I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to do it. Some of the guys on Lumberjocks had made a couple good suggestions, one being to drill small pilot holes in the corners and then use a scroll saw to cut a really fine line all the way around. Problem is I don’t have a scroll saw, so I had to improvise. I drilled the corner pilot holes but then used a jigsaw with a narrow blade and made the cut. I didn’t want to cut off too much because I decided I was going to line the edge of the drawer front with Walnut anyway.
I used a long flat piece of wood and then cleaned up the cut nice and flush to the pencil line. This did a great job and turned out even better than I thought.
The jigsaw obviously didn’t do the greatest job of making a nice clean, straight cut so I put it in my taper jig to get a nice clean edge without removing too much. Then I used that edge on the fence of the table saw and got a nice parallel cut on the other side. Then I brought it to the mitre saw and squared up the ends, trying to keep the same width as the top and bottom.
Next was ripping some thin strips of walnut, that were mitred and edged around the drawer front.
Next was onto the dovetailed drawer itself. I posted another blog update with my adventures in hand-cut dovetails. I’ve been slowly getting better at them but I figure I just jump right into doing them on this project. They turned out better than I thought to be honest. Not perfect but passable.
Here is the final look of the drawer before I attach the bottom. The hard part of the drawer is done, now it’s just down to assembling everything.
And here is where I am at. As you can see the top still needs to be trimmed down and although it looks like the drawer is complete, I just cheated and set it in place. I’ve got almost everything finished, now it’s down to assembly and finishing.