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Ming Inspiration (17)

In the two-thread see-saw I have going on at present, we return now to the Ming-inspired table project in bubinga. Previous episodes are located in the 'blog archive' at the right of the page.

Fitting the battens to the central rail has occupied quite a bit of time. I generally try to achieve a fit of one part to another in three tries, and though I accomplished that, the hours were eaten up all the same. 10 battens, fitted both to each other and the central rail -- well, it took more time than I had anticipated.

In the previous post I had fitted all of the short battens, the ones without the rod tenons on one end. The fitting of the rod tenons begins with only a bare minimum of the tenon inserting into the central rails mortise:

A little closer view:

I tried using a file to ease the fit, but went back to a sharp chisel - here, one of the rod tenons is 2/3 of the way through:

Now down to the stub tenon entry point:

Fully inserted, there was a slight gap at the shoulders yet, which did not come out in the following photo:

I kerfed the fit using a flush cut saw on the top portion of the batten, which will be cut into a male sliding dovetail eventually:

Of course, when fitting, one needs to check things for squareness now and again, and make adjustments as necessary:

The slot mortises on the short battens needed a recess cut into their ends to accept the haunched rod tenon ends - I used an auger drill to rough the cut out, and then cleaned up with a chisel:

I then confirmed the entry of the rod into the mortise:

These mortises I leave with a little space at the end so that they will not bottom out on the tenon ends, either during assembly, or if the central rail were to shrink.

A view from the side, remember that these battens, as in the previous photo, are upside-down:

Here the assembly of a pair of battens through the central rail is nearly all the way together, viewed from the underside:

Eventually I had all the battens fitted:

Another view of the assembly, perhaps looking very much like a bubinga tv antenna:

I still need to chamfer and finish plane those battens and process the sliding male dovetails on their upper surfaces, however i will set that aside for the time being.

Next up was the processing of the beaded edge on the outer frame rails, or aprons. I made some modifications to my template first, scabbing on a 1/4" piece of MDF to act as a profile edge for a plunge ogee bit I had obtained:

Here's one of the cuts started:

And here's the two short side aprons with the profile of the bead roughed out:

All for today - thanks for coming by and hope to see you in these parts again. --> on to post 18