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Shawn Pixley


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With the router blow-out, I needed to reconsider how to get my legs uniform so they will fit in the dados. I could get a different trim bit and try again. I could sand to the line (ugh!). Or I could use a spokeshave or compass plane. Since I am a hybrid woodworker - tailed and non-tailed tools, I decided to use the spokeshave (but it could have been an excuse for a compass plane since I do so much curved work). I have a cheap Spokeshave that isn't very good but I can get a very sharp edge and make it passable. The next weekend was spent working through the legs to get the uniform and carefully fit them to the Arc Dado Joint. After that I did the leg taper. I've started to name this project the Laurel and Hardy Tables (one tall and skinny and the other short and fat in their proportions).


Because I wanted the two pieces to be a family (similar but not quite identical), I would try to emphasize the skinny-ness of the taller piece (Stanley) by using a double rail with a bit of ebony inlay. This would be wasted on the smaller one due to its diminutive height (I don't think people are going to lay on the floor to examine its rails). Over the weekend, I got both bases assembled (sorry, I didn't take progress pictures). I took the pieces upstairs and laid their respective to on them. So far, so good.


Time to take another step back to consider two things - the prongs and the inlay. For the prongs while I had worked out the joinery technique and new how I could build them, they still seemed a bit clunky to me. One thing I was going to do was mimic the ebony on the rails. For inlay I had been previously undecided whether the Arc would benefit from an inlay or would this be viewed as ornamentation for ornamentation's sake.
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