Well, I've been beavering away all week and I've finished my replacement dinette table top. Considering the amount of wood I've chewed through, "beavering" seems about right.
Some time last spring or summer, I thought it might be fun to make a table top with a clear plexi top inset that I could put pictures of camping trips under. I predicted at the time that it would take only a weekend but I never got to it until this week which I'm lucky enough to have off thanks to the auto companies.
Five days later, I'm good to go. Just have to run off a few pictures.
Furniture grade ply for the bottom. Birch I think. Rough cut maple planed to thickness. Much internal debate about the corner joints. Locking miter? Too wide a temperature extreme to keep the corners tight. Box/finger joints? Strong, but a little coarse looking. Decided on the tried and true mortise and tenon. Finish? I'm lazy. Wipe on combination colonial maple stain and urethane.
Tools were bought. Countless trips to tool and hardware stores all over the place. Even a trip to Camping World for a table bottom socket to fit on the post. (0ne side trip to Cabelas. Escaped with only a cast iron pie iron.) Oh Lordy! this is one expensive table top.
I must have played with every tool in the shop but it kept me out of the pool halls.
Not fine furniture, but not awful either. The Plaid One (Norm) would probably approve. Just to explain the picture a bit, the top is sitting on my homemade downdraft sanding box. The table top itself is an inch thick, the ply is 1/2 inch (sitting somewhat loosely in a dado) and the Plexiglas is basically 1/4 inch thick.