Post 25 in this series about a dining table, the design for which was inspired by a Ming side table and a large slab of curly bubinga. Africa meets China, and it’s not exactly a trade mission, or even a fact-finding tour. Seems to be the coming thing.
Last time, I finished cutting a bunch of shallow recesses on the top edge of the main aprons of the table. The next step was to push the aprons through the shaper to remove a slice of wood from that top edge:
Actually I used two routers, one to rough out the slot and then the other to dovetail. The setting up, as usual, takes 90% of the time. The dovetail bit is a special one I obtained from Japan with a 25˚ cutting angle. Cutting began in earnest, and after the router work, I cleaned up the fuzz with a paring chisel:
I made the pins quite tight, as I expect to do one more scrape off the inner surface of the apron. This dovetail joint is unique however in the respect that it is not critical that the pin’s shoulders form a tight fit to the apron face. More on this joint in a future post.
Both aprons now pinned out:
All for today – more pictures tomorrow. Thanks for coming by. –> on to post 26