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Default Finally got the table underway

The tripod leg table starts actually getting made. I finally faced my fear of screwing up to get this project started.

Some of you will have seen the lead-up to this point, with me asking about the Tasmanian Oak, and the balsa prototyping of the legs.

Hope you're as ready for the journey as I am.
I'll post my pictures to this thread for all to view as they please.

Shout out to James (jj777746) for the warning about splintering and tear-out - pro tip: a bit of masking tape helped heaps here, just like on plywood.

Alrighty, on to the project itself.

I built another larger prototype out of scrap just to get in the swing of things and also to check my theory about height vs lengths of timber used.
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Okay, next up the timber lengths I'm starting with for the real table.
1.5m (approx) lengths of Tasmanian oak @ 6.5cm square
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Here's the next step.
I cut the lengths to be 1440mm (I know, swapping my measurements) and put half-laps in the 2 main "beams".

I also cut mortises in each for the "side beams" and made loose tenons. Originally the design used a one-piece side beam and tenon, but I decided to use a floating (loose) tenon arrangement to make my life easier

I cut one of the side pieces to 720mm, which I've just realised is a fraction longer than it should be, so I'll have to trim it tomorrow.

I tried to rout the full depth of my mortises, but because of the small bit I was using I couldn't get the full depth. I had to drill out the extra depth.

I'm thinking I might want to invest in some collet extensions, so if anyone has any recommendations.....
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And final pic for tonight, the jig/fixture/whatever you'd like to call it that helps me to cut the ends at 55 degrees.

As my mitre saw doesn't quite get to 55 degrees, I'm using a method using a 45 degree piece as a guide, adding 10 degrees to the mitre saw and cutting along that to get my 55 degree angle. It works, so I'm happy enough. One day when I get a table saw I might be able to do this easier

I'm going to have to make sure I support the lengths well to ensure the cut is done safely and accurately without any sagging on the part of the holder (me).
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And that's all I've gotten done today.
I'm a bit annoyed at the timber merchant I got the wood from. They weren't gentle with my purchase and I discovered a few dents/nicks. Not much I can do, but it's also not my forever table, so I'll make it look as good as I can and be happy.

I'm really happy to be making real progress on it, as I've been afraid to get started. The fear of butchering not-so-cheap wood has had me nervous about starting, as I don't like to waste things that I feel cost a bit of money (hangup from not having much growing up).

But so far things have gone well and my confidence is growing as a result.

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and tips thus far, I look forward to continuing to share the journey with you all.
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Wow, that is a really interesting project. I take it that what strength you lose with the joints is made up for by the strength of the glue. By the time you sand and finish the wood, most of the imperfections will have been worked out.

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I can see why you would be a little hesitant to start the project, I would be too. Good start Steve.

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Here's the next step.
I cut the lengths to be 1440mm (I know, swapping my measurements) and put half-laps in the 2 main "beams".

I also cut mortises in each for the "side beams" and made loose tenons. Originally the design used a one-piece side beam and tenon, but I decided to use a floating (loose) tenon arrangement to make my life easier

I cut one of the side pieces to 720mm, which I've just realised is a fraction longer than it should be, so I'll have to trim it tomorrow.

I tried to rout the full depth of my mortises, but because of the small bit I was using I couldn't get the full depth. I had to drill out the extra depth.

I'm thinking I might want to invest in some collet extensions, so if anyone has any recommendations.....
Steve,check out Harrysin's recommendations re "Musclechuck"in my Collet Problem post today.Your table is starting to take shape nicely Jamesjj
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Steve, I am looking forward to more pictures and your comments on this project.

Your oak looks like the red oak we have here which is pretty common. I have an oak in my front yard.

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Nice job Steve.

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