Published at Thursday, September 27th 2018. by Delia James in Storage Bench.
This was the first time I tried this method and I was really surprised and impressed with how well it worked. The edges were all really consistent and really square. Now, of course, you can always use the traditional method of ripping down about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch on the table, saw on each edge and that will leave you with a square corner as well, either way once you have all of your two-by-fours prepared, you Want to glue up all of your blanks, I glued up the tabletop in three sections, so that everything would be a bit more manageable and I also had blanks made up for each of the benches once the glue dried overnight.
I ran them through the planer so that I had a really smooth edge and I feel like I should mention you don't have to have a planer like this. You can always use the electric hand plane as I did earlier, or a belt sander. It just takes a little bit more elbow grease whenever you're gluing up a big tabletop like this, you want to do it. On a flat surface. I found a flat piece of the concrete pad. Then I set up a platform to glue everything up on. I used call boards to sandwich my table top pieces flat.
This was a big tabletop and I couldn't cut through it with a single pass with a circular saw, so I cut one side, then flipped it upside down, lined up my straightedge and then cut the rest of the way through the board. The belt sander can clean that up easily, I'm using four inches by one-quarter inch thick hot rolled steel for the legs on the tabletop. I want the steel up the legs to sit flush with the wood of the table top. So I got the Ryobi 18v alt palm router out with a three-quarter inch double flute straight bit to create a dado that that metal can set. In. I set up a straightedge to get my initial cut.
Then I was able to take multiple passes to remove the bulk of the material. Then I could just flip the fence to the other side, to create a reference edge for that edge, and then the metal can sit flush into the wood. I couldn't set up a straight edge on the edge of my table, the same way as I could for the top. So, instead of the router I used, the circular saw to get my two edge boundaries laid out. Then I could hog out the rest of the material with the router. The same way I did on the top.
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