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    laxmodin
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    bord omalat

    Sofa table nearly done, just painting left to do. Didnt agree with Paul’s layout on the shelf under the table. Instead i put two shelves between the leg shoulders on sliding dovetails. Also made the shoulders arched to lighten up the structure on the sides.

    My intention was to use the piece as shelves in the woodshop for shorter leftovers of wood. But girlfriend helped out during glueup, found out she liked it too much and now its in the house instead.

    What can one do.

    Next step is painting. I’m using shellac to seal the knots from leaking through the oil paint. Then i will mix the paint, making a batch of 1 L which will be more than plenty for this project. The following receipt will be used:

    700 grams boiled linseed oil
    1000 grams zink white pigment
    200 grams titan white pigment

    Adding green and yellow pigment by eye until i get the light green color i like.

    I will paint three layers, using terpentine during the first and second layer. The last layer will have no terpentine.

    It was my first project and i feel proud about the table although everything didnt work out right. I did not do my dry run before glueup.. so when clamping during glueup one sliding dovetail popped out, which i screwed back in place. How i cringed as the screw went through the wood of the carefully chiseled dovetails.

    “Always do a dry run”

    Thanks for reading,

    Max from Sweden

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    Matt McGrane
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    Well done, Max. I can’t figure out how sliding dovetails are used here. Can you help me out? Maybe I’m confused with your use of “shoulders”. We call them rails in the US.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #137879
    laxmodin
    Participant

    Thank you, Matt. That’s nice of you to say. So rails are where the shelves are attached to the legs? Then what are shoulders?

    I’ll try to explain myself clearer with a picture. And they are actually called tapered sliding dovetails, for anyone googling. Like this:

    tapered sliding dovetails

    The best person i found for explaining tapered sliding dovetails is Frank in this youtube video:

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    Matt McGrane
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    Thanks Max, that makes it much clearer.

    I use the term “rail” for a (typically horizontal) cross member that connects two legs or two styles, in the case of a door frame. A “shoulder” is the flat surface of the dovetailed part that rests against the outside surface of the recessed piece. This is really hard to put into words. I googled it and found a picture giving the terms used for mortise and tenon, but the same shoulder term can be used for sliding dovetails. It’s at “http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/tablesaw/tenon-shoulder-cutting-jig/”, and scroll down a bit to see the picture with title “1 Mortise-and-tenon joint”.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #493844
    Sandy
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    Thats what I like about the table. It is easily adaptable to all kinds of variations. I’m planning another one as a desk for my loft. 😊

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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