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The Living Room Sofa Table

A great, multi-purpose table that's designed to look great, no matter where you use it!

Imagine how beautiful a professional-quality table like this will look in your living room, dining room or hall. You could position it against that empty wall that you've never quite figured out what to do with. Or, how about behind your sofa displaying flowers or your favorite family photos. Or, even in the dining room, showing-off the family's heirloom china serving pieces. The list goes on.

Whatever use you find for it, you'll quickly discover that these plans will guide you, step-by-step through the various processes you need to follow to create a fine piece of furniture that you'll be proud to display in any room of your home for years (and generations) to come. And you'll be even more proud when you can say to your friends and family..."Thanks for the compliment - I built it myself". So.....let's get started.

1: Glue-up the stock you'll need to create the Table Top (A) and allow it to dry thoroughly for 24 hours.
TIP: Shopsmith's special Double Bar Clamps will make it easy for you to assemble and hold these pieces flush and square while they dry. After 24 hours, cut the Top to final size and sand smooth.

2: Cut parts B,C,D,E,F,& G to size according to the List of Materials.

3: Cut two pieces of stock to 2" x 2" x 25-1/2". Tilt your MARK V's Saw Table to 45- degrees and rip each of these two pieces lengthwise to make four right-triangle-shaped Legs (H). See Fig. 1.

Using your Shaper Package with a Bead & Quarter-Round Cutter -- or your Router Package with a 1/4" Router Chuck and a 3/8" Round-Over Router Bit to lightly round off all three edges of the triangular shape, the full length of all four Legs (H).

4: Using your Lathe, turn two spindles 2" in diameter by 25-1/2" long. Locate the centers of each turned spindle and cut them in half lengthwise to create the four Leg Caps (I). The easiest way to accomplish this is by tilting your MARK V or Bandsaw Table to 45-degrees and using your Rip Fence to form a V-Block jig to help you guide your turned spindles through the cuts. See Fig. 2.

5: Assemble the Frame Rails (B) and Frame Stiles (C) using 3/8" dowel pins and glue. See Fig. 3.

6: Cut the 1-3/4" x 3/8" x 3/8" mortises and tenons in the Bottom Ends (D), as shown in Fig. 4.

Mortising & Tenoning Tips: Mortising can be accomplished by boring a series of 3/8" diameter holes to remove the majority of the stock, then squaring everything up using a bevel edged wood chisel.

If you're in a hurry and would like to do the job more quickly, use the Shopsmith Mortising Package on your MARK V. It will bore perfect, square mortises much more quickly than the drill-out method.



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