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You don't need a dream shop to build this dream project
By Tim Johnson
Aside from feeding the
flock (this table seats a
flock of eight), a big surface
where you can spread things out
is invaluable, for computing, writing,
hobbies or for kids' activities. A large
table is the perfect gathering place for
today's open kitchens and great rooms,
and you can build this one even if you
don't have a dream shop with lots of
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Clamp the cauls to the work surface with the
top sandwiched between. Then tighten
the pipe clamps, starting at the center and working
out to the ends. Remove the glue squeeze-out at
the joints after it sets up, but before it hardens.
After gluing, trim the long edges with the router
and straightedge so they’re straight and parallel.
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Turn the legs from laminated 3-1/2"
square blanks, then order the legs through the mail.
Apply a tourniquet to square the
base after final assembly. Do this before
the glue sets. Shorten the longer side by
adding tension until both diagonals
measure the same.
After applying glue,
set the rail on the
runner and snug it
against the first
block. Then slide
the second block
tight against the
rail and fasten it.
Attach the base.
Allow for seasonal
movement of the top by
using screws at the
center of each short
apron and support brace
and S-shaped metal
position the base for
centerlines drawn on
each of its sides with
drawn on the top. Then
clamp the base in place.
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