In this final episode, Paul cuts the table top to length and cleans up the surface and waney edge. He then applies finish to the table and positions and attaches the base-frame. This rounds up the making of this trestle dining table.
We are ready to glue up the base-frame assembly, which is made easier by having already glued up the end frame sub-assemblies. With that done, Paul glues on the infills and cuts the turnbuttons before edge jointing and gluing up the table top.
With the shoulders marked, Paul cuts the tenons on the stretcher. He split cuts then uses the router and chisel to fit it to the mortice. He then puts an arch in the stretcher, showing a few methods as he does so, before rounding over the tenon.
Square drawbore pegs are a feature commonly used in craftsman style furniture. Paul goes through how to drill and then square the exterior of the hole and shape the peg to fit.
Paul shows how you can use a drawbore with an offset hole in the mortice and tenon to pull the joint together. Drawbores are a feature that have been used for centuries, so link past techniques with present day woodworking.
To complete the end frames, Paul cuts the mortices in the central column which will receive the stretcher tenon. Then we are ready to glue up the end frame. Paul uses optional drawbore pins in his. With the end frames completed, he assembles the base frame to mark the shoulders accurately on the stretcher and cuts the turnbutton mortices.
With the end frames together, it’s time to lay out the mortices for the stretcher and shape the feet and side columns. The shaping is done using stop cuts and the chisel before refining it with the spokeshave, rasp and scraper.
We’re now ready to work on the tenons on the end of the columns. First comes the layout where Paul make makes sure to get all the shoulders aligned then runs the gauge lines. He then shows a couple of methods for cutting the shoulders as well as splitting and sawing the faces of the tenon before fitting the tenon to the mortice using the router to keep the faces parallel.
Paul rounds the protruding tenons on the cross braces using a few different techniques, firstly with the chisel, rasp and file and then using the block plane. The next step in the project is the laying out and cutting of the mortices in the feet and apron that will receive the tenons on the end of the columns as shown in the next episode.
Paul goes over the layout of the housing dado combined with the through mortise that will take the tenon at the end of the cross-bearer. This will add a lot of strength and prevent racking. He then cuts the tenon before cutting the mortice and housing and fitting the joint.