Tuesday, March 15
Tray Tables - Rail Stock
Jointing the edge of the panels makes the edges that must join together straight, square and even. Without this the center joint would be an ugly thing indeed!
Once the first two are done I take them in the next room, apply glue, and use clamps to hold the center joint snugly together while the glue dries.
Then I use a flush plane to remove the glue ridge at the joint and a random orbit sander to sand the area smooth. I'll sand the rest of the panel after it's been trimmed to size, right now I just want it to lay flat and join effectively to the backer panel. I will repeat this process through-out the day until all four walnut panels are completed.
I repeat the process on the walnut blanks.
These are the sort of details that set a custom piece apart from mass produced. Mass produced tables of this design - if any were to be made - would make rails up in bulk and glue them onto the table at random. They would probably use the most bland, boring looking wood they could find for this to hide the fact that nothing matches up.
But my time for this evening is up and I must toddle on. We'll pick this up again tomorrow.