Ming Inspiration (20)

Another post in this series on the design and build of a frame and panel dining table made of bubinga and based on a 16th century Chinese masterpiece.

Last post, I finished up with a picture showing the layout for the last bit of work on the tusk tenon mortises, namely the stub tenon mortise and the housing for the sword tip. After laying out, I put the hollow chisel mortiser to use:

Then I chopped out the housing for the sword tip miter, and here is the roughed out opening:

In this view, also note that the dado for the table top panel’s tongue has been processed on the top of the apron:

Both tusk tenon mortises are now complete, save for fitting of course:

Next up: the joints which connect the aprons together. These are rather intricate joints and I haven’t spent any time in this thread so far describing what I will be doing with these connections. That would spoil the surprise I suppose. So, in that vein, I’ll just describe the cut out of the joints as things unfold. Cue suspenseful organ music….

First, some slot mortises needed doing, and again I went to the hollow chisel mortiser:

First plunge was to check that the depth mark I had set has not been exceeded:

The first slot is roughed out:

And then the second:

A while later, the slots are done, now finagled out to their final dimension, on both short and long aprons:

Time for everyone’s favorite game show, Sawing for Teens®. Contestants, start sawing!!:

Being a little paranoid today in general, I stayed further off my layout lines than normal, however the final surface isn’t being made by the saw, so it’s no big deal:

Having a ripping good time as well here on the top of the stick:

More wood bits hit the floor:

The two short aprons are getting closer:

And the two long aprons look much the same after rough cut out, though there are a few differences between them and the shorties:

A final picture where the flash left a neat effect:

All for today. Another snow storm coming tonight, with up to 15 cm. Hmm, quite a winter we’re having out here.

Thanks for your visit today. For more, see post 21

3 thoughts on “Ming Inspiration (20)

  1. Paul,

    I mostly use replaceable blade saws, and find bubinga saws pretty well actually. However, given the material's unforgiving nature overall, it is easy to snap teeth on the saws if you're not careful.


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