Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Building up the frame for the inner decorative panel

This is the inner decorative panel of the table I'm building.

The beautiful tiger striped wood is spalted beech. This is common beech with natural discolouration caused by fungal colonisation of fallen logs.
This post is about how these were cut 

Raw materials for the frame - Victorian hardwood...

The frame has four rails. These were reclaimed from this lovely old door. It is a Victorian door from a specimen cabinet from the Natural History Museum.

The door frame rails were sawn off

These were OK,  but they were too thick, so they were ripped down into separate thinnere planks.

To give these...

You can see the innards of the door joints...

These were plane to a uniform thickness using the disturbingly effective planer/thicknesser (aka The Beast)


The thicknesser leaves the wood smooth as glass.

These were cut to length to go within the existing frame.

The corner joint were then cut as mitred lap joints.

They work like this...

Actually after sawing you get rough faces like this, which need cleaning using the rebate plane

Much better!

The planks of spalted beech were jointed into the frame using a combo of cut rebates and some inserted tenons from offcuts

Those tenons might look neat,  but they started with glued in offcuts like this...

and this


which were sawn off then trimmed neat with the rebate plane/


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