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About landslide

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  • Birthday 08/27/1980

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    Bloomington, Indiana
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    Tables, Benches
  1. The inspiration came from a floating top dining table at my sister's (saw it over thanksgiving). I took a bunch of pictures thinking that, way down the road, I might be able to build it. Then the SketchUp episode arrived and things took off from there. Marc's kind of right, though. I didn't notice it was a floating top, really, until I dropped something and looked under the table. On the latest design I have here, the floating top is ... floated ... higher than on the original I saw, so maybe it will increase the visual impact. We'll see! Rob -- that finger joint looks... intimidating! I'll have to make a test piece to see if I can even pull it off. etienne
  2. Thanks Marc. I'll beef up the tenons. I read somewhere that you don't want to create mortises that are too large for fear they might weaken the leg (in this case). That said, I think there's room to safely make those tenons larger.
  3. Hi Marc -- thanks for your suggestions. I totally agree about the reveal not being strong enough. I had to look at some furniture around my house to get a sense of what you meant... in Sketchup I get really misled by the fact that I can zoom and what looks like a clear articulation in design is, in fact, something like 1/16" ... I upped the reveal to 1/4". As for lowering the apron, I agree, and I lowered it by 1/2". If any more visual impact is necessary, I might shrink the size of the top by a quarter inch. Thanks! Only real question I have is whether or not those tenons are going to be strong enough to hold the whole thing together. I also wonder if a hardware solution is better to join the frame... it'd be nice to disassemble the table for moving... etienne Maple Table Version 4.skp
  4. Mmmk. Thanks for the heads up. Any particular reason why the tapers should be "out" rather than "in." Is it just a design convention?
  5. See the updated design. It has two tables that are only different in length. They take into account a few things (given you various information); 1) standard table conventions for rectangular table length and height 2) I think I standardized the mortise sizes (I used 3/8" wide) 3) The legs, rails, and other bits were all resized with actual construction (from 8/4 or 4/4 stock) in mind 4) I changed the mortises... and they ended up smaller.. but I think I followed your instructions about the right mortise size... I might have misunderstood though. thanks! etienne Maple Table Version 3.skp
  6. Yep... again, I'm new to design. I figured the tapers should be on the "outside" so that the "square" parts of the leg would be on the "inside"... meaning that the tenon / mortise connection would be flush. I guess I'm wrong about this. I suppose that with the tapers on the inside there's still very little gap between the leg and rail near the top of the leg...
  7. Hmm. Can you explain what you mean by this? In addition to being new to design... I'm fairly new to woodworking and certainly new to furniture building. How does my design cut on the strength of the joint? That was the plan. Just drop it on there with glue. I was going to glue up the top from 4 or 5 boards (maybe with some biscuits for alignment) and make the dados. Never glue a solid wood panel into grooves... I thought I'd seen that very thing done... maybe I don't understand. I think I will heighten the rails.. I want to accentuate the floating top. And thanks VERY VERY much for both the SketchUp Shortcuts and especially the link to furniture conventions. Can't thank you enough! etienne
  8. I was inspired by the latest episode of the Dogon Platform Bed guild project to finally, finally, commit myself to trying SketchUp ( Marc's tutorial / advice was great and, in the course of a few hours, I got good enough to design my first project: a small dining table. While there's a place on this forum for critiquing *finished* projects, there's no clearly delineated space to post designs and have *those* critiqued. As this is my first design, I wonder if some of the old pros have some criticisms with respect to proportion, joinery, etc... two attempts are in the attached sketchup file. Thanks! etienne First Table.skp
  9. I ended up taking my slabs to a local lumber mill to true it up on their 16" jointer. $30 well spent. etienne
  10. I replaced the blade on my circular saw to a 60T blade, made the straight edge jig, and cut away... only to realize that the blade wasn't perpendicular to the shoe. Check those tools! Or fail like me...
  11. Hey Guys -- Last night I planed down my slab glue ups to final thickness. As a relatively newbie to woodworking, my front slab glue up, which I did first, was not as good as my second glue up, the back slab. When I inspected the slabs after the glue I saw there was some twist in the front slab, but the back slab was pretty straight and good. So I went to work with my #5, which is also new to me, and did the best I could. I then passed the slabs through my planer. Now, the back slab came out just perfect. Everything is square and true and it looks wonderful. But my front slab is not as good. It ended up being slightly skewed, like a parallelogram. Here are some pics of a t-square against the right and left sides of the slab: You see the gap? The discrepancy is pretty even on both sides. Here's my idea for how to proceed, but I wanted to check with the forum first. My thought is to pass the slab over the jointer and flatten one side, and then pass that through the planer to make it all square. Now, I deliberately left ample thickness on my front laminate just in case -- you never know. So the board I milled for the front laminate is right about 1-3/4", and all I really need according to the cut list is 1-1/2". It looks to me like the gaps in my front slab are perhaps 1/16", max. So if I make it all rectangular I could lose, what, 1/8" or maybe at most 1/4"? So I think my plan will work such that, when all is said and done, I have the final width for the front slab i need. HOWEVER. That plan will effectively move the vice, dog holes, etc over some fraction of an inch... so I wonder how wise a plan it is... thanks for your advice! etienne
  12. I have about $500 to spend, give or take $50... it looks like there's a big jump from the Delta 50 -760 that a lot of people are recommending here and the cyclone systems.... etienne