July/August 2006
Volume 49
Issue 4
Archived Project Plans
Project Articles
woodworking Plan The Gateleg Table Plan
woodworking Plan All American Picnic Table Plan
woodworking Plan Slanted Gourmet Knife Block Plan
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Woodworking Plans and Featured Articles you will find inside this issue

The Gateleg Table

A beautiful folding table that will look great, wherever you use it

This handsome twin leaf table folds flat, out of the way when not in use

We based the plans for this gateleg table on one that was purchased in the 1960’s from a
small antique shop in London, England. The original was made from imported, first growth mahogany…ours is built from Walnut. just follow the simple steps below to build your own version.

1: Prepare your turning stock by cutting wood to 1-1/4” square, being sure to make each piece is 1” longer than your intended finished length. To be sure your stock is square, start by jointing one side of each turning blank on your Jointer . Then, place the second side against your Jointer’s fence and joint the second side, square to the first. Mark these two sides.
Next, plane the two remaining sides to the final desired dimension (1-1/8” for A,B, & C – and 1” for D), using your Thickness Planer .
As an option, you could rip your stock to 1/16” over-sized, then joint it to the final dimensions using your Jointer. Just remember that all stock must be straight and true once you’ve finished.
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The All-American Picnic Table

This classic A-Frame-Style Picnic Table is easy to build – made to last

Here's a simple weekend project that will pay you back EVERY weekend for years to come! Back yard picnics are as American as fireworks on the Fourth-Of-July! In fact, one of our
Shopsmith Customers enjoys picnics so much that built this classic A-Frame design table and sent us the plans. Once you have all of your tools and materials together and an open space outdoors to work, you should be able to cut everything to final size, assemble the table and apply a coat of finish on a Saturday…and have your first family picnic by noon on Sunday ! So, let’s get started.

1: Select your stock. Redwood is our first choice for picnic tables. Yes, it’s a bit expensive…BUT…it’s attractive, easy to work with and naturally weather resistant, so you don’t have to apply any finish to it at all, if you like (although we prefer a UV-resistant outdoor polyurethane or similar clear finish). Cedar is also acceptable….as is teak, cypress and other weather-resistant woods. We don’t like using pressure treated woods for surfaces that come in contact with food, but that’s just our preference.
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The Slanted Gourmet Knife Block

Slanted holder keeps your knives in easy reach – keeps them sharp, too !

Protect the sharpened blades of your kitchen knives with this attractive holder

This knife block is a perfect kitchen organizer. We made ours from red oak and walnut, but virtually any contrasting woods will make an excellent choice. It even has a slot for a sharpening stone, if you like…and best of all…it was easy to build.

Preparing the Body stock

The body (A) is made up from seven pieces of 3/4” x 8” x 12” red oak, glued face-to-face. The easiest way to do this is to start by gluing up two halves, made up of three or four pieces. After the two halves have dried for at least 24 hours, joint one edge of each half and then glue the two halves together. Be sure to carefully align the jointed edges. Once the glue has dried, belt sand everything flush with 100-grit paper.
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