Finally... building my table!!

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  1. 7DOWN11, Jul 26, 2014

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    Build Day 4 - OK so first thing this morning I organized my garage attic so that I would have to room I needed to do my work in a safe and productive manner. I made some good progress on the inner end radius walls today. I have cut both inner ends cut and the radiuses work great! I will cut the outer end walls tomorrow. I’ve included some close up shots of how I rigged my table saw to cut the kurfs. Once I had the sled and the feeder support on the left side to hold up the end of the length of wood I was cutting, it was a breeze! Really! It was almost effortless! The details of the sled I will cover if someone wants to know. But the point here was safety first, easy cutting and accurate cutting. It worked very well! Also I could not resist getting out my felt and placing on a 8x4 sheet and putting an end all where it would be going if it were the real table!
     

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  2. 7DOWN11, Jul 26, 2014

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    Build Day 4 Photo Set #2
     

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  3. 7DOWN11, Jul 26, 2014

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    Build Day 4 Photo Set #5 - Last of the day!
     

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  6. Tiger yank, Jul 27, 2014

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    So far it looks great !, looking foward to finished product ! Good luck !
     
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  7. 7DOWN11, Jul 27, 2014

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    Build Day 5 Photo Set 1:
    Well today I made big strides in my build! One thing I’ll mention first is: Thanks to everyone that’s following my thread and indirectly giving me the encouragement to keep on task! The wood working part I must say is very therapeutic! I mean it’s me alone with the project at hand. Thinking back a year ago, it all started off with me wanting my own craps table for practice shooting the dice! Then it went to researching tables, figuring out from searching and input from other table owners what and how it should look, be build and put together! I then jumped in to AutoCAD and started drawing, and with a lot of work, there it was on digital paper, My table! Then it was buying tools, material, and basically starting off with nothing more than 8 sheets of 4x8 Oak and Birch plywood. With that said, on with today’s progress! A side note; I’ve added a few things to my table saw sled to help with safety and to make sure it was doing a precise job at cutting. I’ll add these notes and photos at the end. So far the entire table minus the rails is cut out! All side walls are gluing up as I type this post, except for the 2 ends pieces, as I ran out of clamps! One thing I made sure I did when laying out the pieces to glue up, was I made sure I was always working from the inside of the table for instance and left to right. Thus I didn’t accidently glue up two of the same side pieces since all I’d need to do is accidently flip ends and then I’d have the wrong piece, facing the wrong way. Also I made a template to act as the sub table and finished table tops so that the spacing would be as accurate as possible. Also I cut a template for the outer wall to make sure the measurements, centering and end of walls lined up correctly once it was wrapped around the outside of the inner wall. I’m glad I did as the outer wall fits perfect with the inner wall. As of this point in the project, I’ve not had any major mistakes which would add extra cost and extra time to the project. The template and test fitting was for sure a smart idea. Once the fit was right, I took the template and marked up my outer end wall pieces, and started the cuts!
     

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  10. 7DOWN11, Jul 27, 2014

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    Table Saw Sled Details:

    For the Table Saw Sled, I added to hand rest areas where I know that my hands should not going past the stops toward the center. I did this because unlike my normally safety process for cutting, I often had to take my eyes off my work I was cutting to make sure the end with the kufs I’d first cut were not hanging down or getting pinched that might cause the already cut end to snap off. I also added a simply stop block so that when I was cutting the 12.25” and 11” side walls that got the kurf cuts, to help hold the work in place and the help make sure it was sitting square as I cut. It made it easy to cut and sometimes I would need to push the sled with one and while hold up the cut end with the other. It worked great! You can also see on the last photo I used Kreg Jig Miter Rails for the bottom of the sled!
     

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    Build Day 5 Photo Set #4

    Gluing up!
     

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  12. petroglyph, Jul 27, 2014

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    A man can never own too many clamps

    Very nice project. Is that titebond #1?
     
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  13. 7DOWN11, Jul 28, 2014

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    Yes Titebond #1, I went to one of my local but big time woodworking stores and explained what I was doing with most "surface to surface" glue ups. Most of the staff and even a few of the "customers that were there that I asked. Said #1 would work great for my project. It's going to be inside, so non need for the exterior application. The PSI is a just a tad less than #2, it has a an open time of only 5 minutes and since these are not hard to do glue ups I wanted something to set faster, and they all clean up with water! I used a roller apply the glue to both piece, each surface. This gave a nice even application of glue.
     
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  14. BigBen, Jul 28, 2014

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    Your project is coming along very nicely!

    Yea, "Clamps R King!". LOL...

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  15. 7DOWN11, Jul 28, 2014

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    OK So I just order the foam, high density backing 60" wide by 12ft in both 1/8" and 1/4", brass bill slot, money paddle and order 1000 chips that match as close to the Hollywood Chips as I could find as for weight and size. I weight Hollywood chips on 3 different digital scales and they were 9 grams, non-clay. I have 500 clay -13.5 gram chips and the feel of those chips are nothing like the ones at Hollywood. So I guess I'll use those if I ever have a poker night or something. I will glue up the end walls today after I got buy some more clamps as I don't want to get started and run out not being able to complete the glue up of both ends. I think I will not focus my attention on the base which shouldn't take but today/this evening to complete. I will add a chip enclosure like you see on closed tables at the casino with lock option. I will then start the more detail work on the rest/chip rails!
     

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  16. 7DOWN11, Jul 28, 2014

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    Build Day 5 – Photo Set 1
    OK, so I laid out one end wall and glued it up after dinner. I started by use the actual table top end pieces to get the correct shape and to make sure the staggered off set of the bottom of the inner wall that rides on the top of the finished table top, and the bottom of the otter wall was flush with the bottom of the sub layer of the table top. I test fit the outside wall first, made sure it was flush with the bottom, had to use a little shim to get is exact. I then used blocks of wood to act as stops for the inside all to make sure when I was clamping the top and end edges the bottom would not really need a clam. Since it is pretty much impossible to clamp the bottom edge when using the real table top pieces. I also used blue painters tape to make sure the glue seepage from the walls would not accidentally glue the wall to the table top. I could have screwed a block of wood to the bottom of the first layer of table top, but I decided the blocks on top would work well enough. I finished mocking up how it would glue together and I quickly realized that if I clamped both ends in place first as I did to make sure they were equal distance from the far edge of the table top. By the time I got to the middle, I had gaps between the two pieces of ply. Glad I mocked it up first as this would have been a huge problem. So once I realized it would work the way I had it. I got the glue and the roller and laid both the outer wall on the floor face up and the inner wall on the floor face down. Being very careful not to let the kurf cut ends flex from their own weight and crack. I applied the glue to both pieces, then fit the outer wall first, and then the inner wall next. Then I worked from the left end side, around the back, and finished at the right end side. This worked great as the wood had no gaps at the top or bottom. Also I made sure that the outer side wall was flush with the bottom of the sub layer table top. The wood blocks worked good, and this time I will do the other end in the same manner. But if I build another table for some reason, I will get a larger piece of ply make a jig using dowels to shape the radius's and cut some holes for inserting clamps from the bottom side. Can’t wait to glue up the other end tomorrow and I will started cutting and assembling the table base and legs!
     

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  18. petroglyph, Jul 28, 2014

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    Very enjoyable following your project along, thanks for sharing.

    I know you already know but they do sell titebond by the gallon.
     
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  19. 7DOWN11, Jul 29, 2014

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    petroglyph.... I KNOW right! I looked at the glue when I bought it and said, heck I'll never use a gal., and thought I should only need 2 bottles! Well, last night I opened and started using the bottle already. I will buy a Gal. today!
     
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  20. BigBen, Jul 29, 2014

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    7D11, you have a PM.
     
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