The application is a white oak round dining room table for which I need to make a new top. It is sort of loosely "arts and crafts/mission", the only real style being four massive swooping legs attached to a hex pedestal. The finish might be fumed ammonia, or it may be dark from years and years of use. It splits allowing a max of three 9" leaves to be inserted. Some of you have opined on this project in one way or another before, I swear it is destined to be my Magnum Opus. The original top was veneer. It had solid stock sandwiched by an intermediate veneer of what looks to be mahogany oriented with the grain perpendicular to the solid stock, and then white oak QS veneer matching the core's grain direction. The veneer itself was very pretty. It had no decorative edging, the corners were barely relieved. The original top was 3/4" in thickness, with a bent-wood skirt set back about 3" from the edge. In another thread I went back and forth on re-veneering, finally deciding that the bones were not in good enough shape to try to save. So, I'm making a new top. The question now is do I use plywood or solid? Here's how I see this, and of course I would love to hear your thoughts: Plywood Pros: CostAvailabilityNo panel gluingDimensional Stability"Unlimited" width (for the purposes of this project anyway)Plywood Cons: Limited thicknessesSelf respect factorRequires edgingThinner veneerSolid Pros: Self respect!Unlimited configurations/sizesEdging not requiredSolid Cons: CostAvailabilityDistance - ignoring cost and availability, it is an "import" for me here meaning getting "one more piece" is an ordealLimited Widths/lack of "wide" figuringGetting down to brass tacks, the table was not an expensive piece when new, is mostly a sentimental piece for me, and originally sort of had a plywood top. The big question is: will I be able to live with myself? The only thing that's not easier about plywood is the need to edge it. I can probably do the whole table with one sheet (48" round and 3 ea. 48"x9" leaves). So figure a sheet of 2A QS white oak plywood @ $100 vs ... at least 5 times that for the solid wood. Help?
I ordered 4 of the 12" from woodcraft. I don't care too much how long they take to get here. I'm trying to have 6 of each. So 2 more 24", 2 more 12" and 4 more 48" (jorgy) and my parallel clamp collection will be complete. Unless I get a bigger space where I can glue more than one thing at a time. Oh and just went back and ordered 10 12" F styles. Cheaper than HF, can't see why not.
They're typically set up so that movements on the stylus end up becoming smaller on the piece of wood. This would mean that any force at the router bit would only end up being half as much at the spirograph. The downside is that it means the pattern being cut would be pretty small, unless you've got a really big spirograph.
Thanks guys! BW...What I've been up to so far is to make a form for bending the thin laminations which will make up the hoop of the net. First I traced out my pattern and sawed out the shape on my band saw. http:// That gave me the parts for the jig: http:// I cleaned up the curves, added some cork and packing tape to the business edges, and set them up on a piece of ply: http:// I gave the same treatment to the cauls which will clamp my strips of wood into the jig. http://