Table Top: Part 1

I bought a 3000mm x 600mm x28mm solid beech worktop with a plan to turn it into a round table top to replace the water damaged one in our kitchen.  First job was to cut it down to a manageable size and get it up to my loft to edge plane it and get it ready to glue into a rough square

Worktop chopped into a manageable size.  

Worktop chopped into a manageable size.  

Routed edge.  

Routed edge.  

After I squared up the edges with my jointer plane, which is harder than it sounds as the grain more or less reverses on every other block on the worktop.

I routed a 20mm wide mortise for the loose tenons I planned to put in. These aren't here for strength but more for alignment while gluing. The mortise is roughly 18mm deep on both edges. 

The loose tenons.  

The loose tenons.  

I made 6 140mm long tenons out of the offcuts which I glued into the already routed mortise. 

Gluing the tenons in.  

Gluing the tenons in.  

I decided to use liquid hide glue to glue the tenons in as it sets fairly quickly and doesn't swell the joint like a pva one would. 

Dry fit

Dry fit

Once the second edge had its corresponding mortice made I put it together to check the joint. I had to take it apart a few times and plane a little bit here and there to get a tight fit. In the end I added a little "spring" to the joint. Once I was happy I took it all back down the ladder. :( 

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