1T0 make the tabletop (E), plane one edge of two 72" lengths of 3Ax5lA" stock on your jointer. (We chose hard maple.) Then, crosscut two 36" lengths, which will leave you two slightly shorter leftover pieces. Rip the unjointed edge of three pieces to 45/s" wide and the same edge of the fourth piece (one of the shorter ones) to 5>/8" wide. Now, joint the ripped edges to 4lA" and 5" wide, respectively.
2 Arrange the four pieces as shown on Drawing 7.
(Note: Place the 5 "-wide piece on the outside and one of the two longer pieces on the inside.)
Number the bottom faces consecutively (1, 2, 3, 4), where shown on the drawing. Mark pairs of mating edges A, B, and C.
□ ROUTING THE TABLETOP
3Make "loose" tongue-and-groove joints by first fitting your router with a lA" slot-cutting bit set to cut a centered '/2"-deep groove in the edge of your stock. Rout grooves in the mating edges of each piece to the dimensions shown on Drawing 7.
4 To make the splines (also called ''loose tongues"), rip a 7/s"-wide strip of '/V'-thick plywood for each pair of mating grooves. Make the splines 'A" shorter than their respective grooves. Glue each spline into one of its grooves, then glue it in turn into the mating groove. Now, clamp the assembled tabletop, and wipe off any glue squeeze-out with a damp cloth.
5 When the glue has dried, cut the 18" profile. To do this, first clamp the tabletop facedown to your bench. Mark a centerpoint on the outside edge of Piece 1 (the edge that will form the flat side of the half-circle). Then, clamp a piece of 3/4M-thick scrap against this edge. Set your trammel points to 18", and position
V2 piloted round-over bit
41/2" Piece 3
41/2" Piece 2
the steel point right at the edge of Piece 1 (in the crack between it and the scrap piece). Now, draw the radius. (If you don't have a set of trammel points, see our instructions for making a simple set in the Shop Tip on the opposite page.)
6Unclamp the tabletop, and cut out the profile on your bandsaw, keeping your blade outside the line. (If you don't have a bandsaw large enough to handle the tabletop radius, a portable jigsaw and a steady hand will suffice.) Now, sand to the line. (We used our stationary disc sander and an auxiliary table.)
7 Fit your table-mounted router with a W piloted round-over bit. Position the bit as shown on Drawing 8. Rout both edges of the radius. Now, sand all tabletop surfaces smooth. (We used 100- and then 150-grit sandpaper for all surfaces, then used 220-grit sandpaper on the edge and top face. We used a portable belt sander and then a palm sander on the flat surfaces, and hand-sanded the edge.)
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