A Square Deal (16)

Sixteenth post in a series describing the design and construction of a pair of tables in bubinga. First post in this set can be found here, with subsequent posts linked at the bottom of each entry.


Working now on the aprons for the side table. These are twin tenoned at the corners, and accommodate a 3-way miter when the leg is connected to the assembly.

Here I am, most of the way through the corner joint cut-out, mortising for a 1/4″ (6.3mm) fixing pin:

Roughing out is followed by chopping, paring, and clean out:

Later the tenon lengths were trimmed down a bit and chamfered to aid insertion.

Here are two of the tenoned apron ends:

Another view:

And these are the apron pieces receiving those haunched twin tenons:

Another view:

The rectangular mortise which goes right through on the narrow dimension is for the post tenon, and is left rough cut for the time being.

They are not fitted to one another yet, but the tenon will insert partially. Here’s a preview:

About as far is it will slide for now:

The ends are mitered in two directions, a bit of work I may be tackling tomorrow. The miter is unequal between post and apron, about 55.8˚/34.2˚ respectively.

The apron frame next, shown partially assembled, along with a perfect quartersawn bubinga piece milled up which will serve as the dust panel fitted to the apron, thereby situated just above the drawer:

At this point the dust panel is oversize in all dimensions. I’ll be taking it down another 1/8″ (3mm) tomorrow, trimming it to size, and rebating it all around to form a tongue. It’s a floating panel, and not visible when the piece is assembled, however I chose that grain orientation to keep seasonal movement to the absolute minimum. The ability to construct wide panels with pure quartersawn wood is one of the reasons I like bubinga a lot.

All for now – I hope you’ll drop by for the next update. On to post 17.

4 Replies to “A Square Deal (16)”

  1. 1001 uses for a 1-2-3 block. It never occured to me to use my blocks for keeping my chiseling at 90. I'll have to practice a wee bit more then you to get even half as close as your joinery turned out.

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