|Waiting by the Heater|
The focus of this meeting was Tables, specifically how to attach the tops to the leg and apron assembly. Jamie explained how you must take the movement of the wood into consideration. You can't just screw or, heaven forbid, nail that top down tight! Living here in the desert, the seasonal swings of humidity aren't much of an issue but if you've ever brought a piece of wooden furniture from a different climate, chances are pretty good that it has developed splits and cracks as the lack of humidity here causes the wood to shrink. This shrinkage and expansion occurs across the grain of the wood and is pretty substantial. So the problem is the wood moving in width, not length. Now, how do you deal with this when you're planning to make a table.
If the table top is relatively small, like say on a plant stand; you can probably get by if you elongate the hole for the screw used to attach the top. When you do that though you can't be Joe Knots on the screw! It needs to be snug enough to hold the top in place but not so tight that it prevents that seasonal movement. A store bought counterpart to that would be what's referred to as a figure 8 fastener. Although there isn't a picture to illustrate it, you can imagine a piece of metal in that shape. One end is fastened to the apron and the other to the top. The holes are large enough to allow a bit of movement.
|Shop Made Buttons or Wooden Clips|
To illustrate these things Jamie had two, beautiful table bases to share with us. Both were made of 8/4 Ash and different in their design and construction. In case you missed the story behind this one:
The other table she used was this one:
|Ash Apron and Legs|
The picture has some glare but the title is Creating Coffee Tables and here's an Amazon link Creating Coffee Tables if you're interested in adding it to your library.
The other book that Jamie referred to for design parameters and concepts is actually available from Amazon as well, however; at $135.00 a copy you may want to explore the internet for free resources, there are many practical design books available that are probably a tenth of that cost. If you want to check it out though, here is the Amazon link to Seth Stem's book.
Another activity we enjoyed at this meeting was seeing some of our members work and collections. Allison brought in her unique project:
|Allison's Secret Jewelry Stash (shhhh!)|
Neal has been busy trying his hand at carving and shared this project with the group:
Ed brought in this plane, another part of his sons yard sale find in the Carolina's:
We ended the evening with Ted's Treasure Trove:
|Beautiful, just Beautiful|
All in all, a very good meeting and I think everyone would agree. It was nice having people bring stuff in to share with the rest of us. As always, I'm going to encourage you all to plane a demonstration to share with the rest of the group. Many have stepped forward so don't be bashful -- besides if you do it'll save you the $20.00 dues for the year.