1 Plane the sides of a length of 4 x 2in (102 x 50mm) pine, square and cut it up into 63 pieces. Cut seven of these in half. Arrange four blocks and one half-block in a row, end to end, ensuring that the face of the row is free of knots, and glue and clamp them securely together (see Fig 9.1).

FIG 9.1

One row of bloclcs, glued and clamped.

FIG 9.1

One row of bloclcs, glued and clamped.

FIG 9.2

Smoothing the blocks with a block plane.

Glue up 14 of these rows. When dry, place the rows of blocks edge to edge and glue them together to form the top, selecting the knot-free faces to form the top surface. Arrange the blocks so that they look like brickwork, with the half-blocks at alternate ends.

2 When the glue is dry, plane the top surface smooth using a block plane, and plane the sides flat (see Fig 9.2). While planing, use a straight edge to check that the top surface is flat. Finish the top surface with rough and then smooth pads on a random orbital sander.

Sin (127mm)

213/sin (543mm)

Section YY (see Fig 9.4)

FIG 9.3

Front view and section with dimensions.

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