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post #1 of 49 Old 11-30-2011, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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This is my progress on the coffee table I designed for school. This was probably the hardest part of the table so I'm pretty happy with the way it's coming along. The frame is maple with walnut inlay, the joints are chinese three way mitres also known as a parsons joint. The mitres were cut on a sliding fence of an altindorf but you could easily do it with a modified crosscut sled. It takes a little tweaking to get it perfect. After the mitres are cut the pieces were then joined with a festool domino. This is just a dry fit as I have to attach the framework for drawers and the floating top. Glue up is going to be challenging but i think i might end up using epoxy for a longer working time. Excuse the strand tape.
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post #2 of 49 Old 11-30-2011, 01:15 AM
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Coming out real nice, love the walnut inlay
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Wow, that's beautiful. The miters look amazing, expecially with the lines of the inlay.
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Thanks for the comments.
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Here is an exploded view of the joint, for assembly all three pieces must come together at the same time.
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Yipes.
A bit fancier than my chain saw can pop out.
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Very nice! I like the maple and walnut together.
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here is an exploded view of the joint, for assembly all three pieces must come together at the same time.
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Thanks again for the kind words. Today I should be able to get all the drawer parts milled up and dovetailed. The floating top will either be a slip match or two box matches using curly maple wrapped with maple edging with a thin inlay of walnut. The drawers will also have curly maple veneer applied and accented with some custom handles.
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Nice job! Those are some crazy joints. They look mighty strong.
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very cool - is that even a named joint? i been doing lots of reading to improve my skills and have not yet come across a 3 way, inlayed, dowely, mitered, corner joint.

look forward to more
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That is pretty darned cool. I love the joinery in this one. Great work.

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Unique joinery...looks good. Keep posting pictures of the progress.








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OMG! That is some joint!
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I like the inlay and love the joint. It looks like an underwater mine. How long are you thinking you'll need for open time on your glue?
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very cool - is that even a named joint?
I think OP referred to it as a Parson's Joint
Never heard of that before
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I like the inlay and love the joint. It looks like an underwater mine. How long are you thinking you'll need for open time on your glue?
I could probably use pva to glue it up but I don't want to have it set up before I get everything square. Therefor I'm going to use epoxy because of the longer working time and it being a rigid glue it won't allow for the joint to creep.
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I think OP referred to it as a Parson's Joint
Never heard of that before
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That's right. There are a few ways to do this joint, handcut with pegs and machined with splines/domino. I choose to do it the machined way because it is way faster and the festool domino has deadly precision for alignment. So precise I had to sand the dominos down to allow for a little wiggle room. I came across the domino method by googling it so I won't take credit for the idea. There is an article in issue #151 of American woodworker which displays the hand cut method and a method using a router, mitre saw and jig. Thanks for the comments and more questions :)
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Wow !!!

Cool joinery there.

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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So I still have a bit of work before I get the drawers finish but here is a preview of the veneer for the top. I ended up changing my mind and went with a reverse diamond match with curly maple. I will take a better picture in the afternoon.
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