Building the Rosewood & Silver Ash Table



Having so long to think about this project I came to the conclusion that a well made laminating form was the key to the successful outcome. The whole job was dependent on the form as it was used to create the curved apron, cut the correct angles on the ends, hold the apron so the ends could be mortised & support the apron while the arch was cut. This photo shows the end docking procedure.
In this picture the apron has just come out of the form after laminating 5 pieces of 4.7mm Rosewood. It has had a light sand and a coat of lacquer. It has still to be trimmed to length.
I had to work hard to get all the components out of the single board used. After marking up the board I realised I had just on 2mm between each leg that was waste. They were cut with a Japanese saw with a 1.5mm kerf. To say it was slow going would be an understatement!.
I built this one setup jig to cut the mortices in the legs. The timber strip on the left is the left stop. I used loose tennons for all the base joinery. Mortices were 35mm X 7.9mm (5/16th) X 15mm deep.
To cut the mortices in the long rear apron (1500mm) I set up a Leigh dovetail jig & raised it using two aluminum ladders. I suffer from "Ducks Disease" ( bum too close to the ground) so I had to stand on a small stand.
The form was made with the arc set square from the rear edge, so it was used to cut the correct angle and used to hold the apron while the mortices were cut. It was just a simple matter to set up the guides & stops.