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Old 06-20-2014, 07:09 PM
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I miss seeing new table build threads, so I figured I'd start a new one of my own.

This table will be a 10 man oval with a racetrack, raised rail with decorative inlay, cup holders in the rail, dual claw-foot pedestals and a dining topper.

Cutting down a 4x8 to ~91"x43" (to get to 92x44 with the padding). That's the largest I go for tables that will get a topper, leaves ~4" for a slightly inset skirted dining top:


Outside end arc cuts:


Inside cut for the 6" rail, starting with the end arc:


Then the straight-a-ways:


Got a chance to break in and get used to my new Bosch router - the timing on the purchase was perfect as the switch on my trusty porter cable router went south after a couple of hours of cutting, so thankfully I was able to utilize the full beautiful weekend last week for cutting. Fixed the PC yesterday so I'm back in business with the dual router setup

One key point in getting a good transition from the arc to the straight-a-way is marking the center pivot along both sides, so you know exactly where to stop your arc cuts at each end. Then it's just connecting the dots:



Before cutting the rail lip & racetrack, stack up all the sheets in their final configuration, mark out and drill the center pivots for the cup holder locations.



Cutting the cup holder holes in the racetrack / rail lip piece:


Now onto cutting the inside rail lip & racetrack cuts:


Racetrack piece after cutting:


Next up is cutting out rings for the cupholders, assembling and then upholstering the rail.
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Looks great! Wonderful work as always. I've got that same Bosch router. I've used it and the PC with the fixed base you have. I don't know which I like better to be honest.
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Looks great! Wonderful work as always. I've got that same Bosch router. I've used it and the PC with the fixed base you have. I don't know which I like better to be honest.
I have 3 routers, I started with the PC 690 (fixed & plunge bases). It's taken a beating for 8+ years, cut 2 dozen+ tables and countless other side projects and hasn't so much as hiccuped until the switch died (a $4 and 10 minute fix). Dead on precise, good depth gauge and plunge motion. What I also like about it are the screws that secure the bottom plate to the bases, they have beveled heads so it's impossible not to align the base plate dead-on accurate, every time. Between the Lewin compass and the jasper circle jig, I'm always switching out these plates, so to me this is a really useful feature. The only drawback is that it's a 1 3/4 hp router, so it's a little slow doing the table plow cuts compared to a production level router.

I picked up a Milwaukee 5616 a couple of years ago to upgrade the PC (and having 2 routers is really handy). Very comfortable to use, variable speed which is nice for larger bits, 2 1/4 hp and good accurate cuts. The problem I had with the Milwaukee is that it must have a very slight vibration to it, I was breaking the 1/4" straight and spiral upcut bits very frequently (1 to 2 bits per table ). So I've kept that router for other tasks or use it in the router table and went back to the PC for the tables. I bought the Bosch a few weeks ago to again try to upgrade the PC. So far it's lived up to several recommendations and good woodworking reviews, having the extra power is really nice, and the plunge system is very similar to the PC turret-style system (but improved with the ability to make better micro adjustments). I've got a few more tables to do in the next couple of months, so after I work with it some more I'll update my feedback.
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Some more progress:

Cutting out the cup holder rings:


Fitting the pieces together for rail assembly and hardware installation:


Cup holder rings glued on, ready to upholster:
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Upholstering the rail:











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Are these getting posted as you complete the steps? Because your quality is high as always but these steps would have taken me a long time to get through and this speed is awesome. Sheesh I'm trying to just make a beer caddy and it's taking me forever. Building the porch swing I made took forever and I haven't finished it either.

What rail fabric did you use and where'd you get it? Same as last table you posted but different color? How does it stretch?
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What is that on top of the t-nuts? Duct tape? Hard to see on my phone.
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Been working on the table a little over a week, the first pics were from last weekend, last 2 posts was this past weekend & monday.

Rail material is the same as the last table, texuede from YAT. Stretches nice, fairly easy to work with. Its thinner than whisper vinyl or the padded suede and a little more unforgiving with regards to lumps, you need to make sure your foam is cut straight and pull with the same tension each time.

Duct tape over the threaded inserts, keeps the spray adhesive from gumming up the threads when upholstering.
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Duct tape over the threaded inserts, keeps the spray adhesive from gumming up the threads when upholstering.
Good thinking and tip right there
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How many yards do you buy? Is that 3 yards? So about $30 more in material than Whisper?
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