Woodworker's Journal 2007-Winter, страница 50




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Tabletop Exploded View

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Rabbet

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Apron Spline Detail

(Top view)

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6

2

5

MATERIAL LIST - Tabletop

T x W x L

T x W x L

1 Side Aprons (2)

1V4" x 3%" x 2712"

5

Tabletop Supports (2)

3/4" x 27/8" x 24"

2 Front and Back Aprons (2)

1V4" x 37/8" x 42"

6

Support Cleats (2)

3/4" x 27/8" x 24"

3 Apron Splines (4)

3/8" x 114" x 37/a"

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Tabletop Laminate (1)

1/16" x 31" x 43"

4 Tabletop (1)

3/4" x 2838" x 403/8"

Making the Tabletop

We used white oak with walnut accents to build this piece, but any stable hardwood will do. To make the tabletop, cut all the parts to size according to the dimensions given in the Material List above, then install a 3/8" dado blade in your table saw. Using a 12" high auxiliary fence, create spline slots on the ends of the side aprons (pieces 1). Now use your miter gauge to make matching dadoes in the faces of the front and back aprons (pieces 2) at the locations indicated on the Pinup Shop Drawings. Glue your apron splines (pieces 3) in place and check the subassembly for squareness by measuring

diagonally. When both of the measurements are the same, tighten your clamps.

The next step is to create the rabbet for the particleboard tabletop (piece 4) with your router. Run a 3/4"-deep by 7/16"-wide rabbet all the way around the inside edge of the frame. Round the corners of the tabletop to match, then glue the top into place.

Next, install the tabletop supports (pieces 5) and their cleats (pieces 6). Screw and glue the cleats to the supports and position them on the underside of the tabletop as shown in the Drawings. Screw the cleats to the underside of the top using 11/4" wallboard screws. Countersink the

heads, but don't go too deep or the screws will interfere with installing the laminate. You'll also want to make sure that the screws don't fall where the miter slot extension grooves will be cut in later.

Applying the Plastic Laminate

If you haven't worked with laminate before, the process may sound more difficult than it really is. The first thing you need to do is check that the joint between the aprons and the tabletop is flat, and sand it if necessary.

You can use a brush to apply your contact cement, but we've had much better luck using a serrated trowel. Spread a coat of cement on the

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