When I bought Ahora, the interior of the main cabin was in a quite decent shape, especially regarding her age. But there was one thing that bothered me right from the beginning: The cabin-table. It was quite worn down, felt and looked cheap and for some reason the varnish was not waterproof (!), such that each drop of water left a mark on the surface. Thus, a new table became an item of my todo-list for the winter.
And as always, I did not settle for the simplest solution. My table was to be built with a box in the middle as storage for some fine spirits.
I was lucky enough to know a carpenter who let me use his shop and helped me out whenever there was a step in the process that needed more than my (limited) carpentry skills. Here is how I build the new table.
It all started with a simple sketch
that we turned into a draft in original size
Then we made a list of the required materials
…and took a large blockboard…
that we cut into the right size with the tablesaw.
Then we cut out the lid for the box.
Das Resultat: Ein großes Loch in der Mitte.
Now the hole gets extended to make room for the edges out of solid wood.
A nice piece of Mahogany gets planed flat…
and milled down to strips.
Here we make sure they are planed at a right angle.
The edges in the frame of the box get milled
so that they have a nice lip to support the lid.
Now we cut a miter joint in the corners.
The inside of the frame…
…with the lid in place.
The frame gets glued in
and clamped down.
The edges get planed down…
…and the other sides glued in.
In the meantime we cut some boards for the box.
Some more planing of the corners.
We clue corners to the lid and two of the sides of the box.
The corners of the table are cut off…
…and new corners in mohagony are glued in
and milled level.
The corners of the corners get cut off.
Now it’s time to select the veneer…
…and cut it to length.
Several sheets of vener are sewn together,
…leaving a hole for the box.
And making sure that the veneer of the lid fits the rest of the table.
Now some glue gets prepared…
…and added to the boards.
With veneer from both sides, the board is ready for the press.
The press applies preasure and heat to the boards…
…such that the vener gets a tight bonding to the wood.
The overlapping veneer gets cut away…
…and litlle cracks at the border get repaired.
Now all surfaces get sanded…
All bords for the box are ready for assembly.
At first we milled some grooves,
…filled them with Lamellos and glue…
…and clamped everything together.
The upper side of the Box gets planed down with the tablesaw.
And bars for the attachment of the box are prepared.
The box can be screwed to the tabletop through the pre-drilled holes.
The corners of the tabletop get trimmed once more.
Now the fiddles are fit in.
The round corner is marked…
…and sanded down.
…all corners get a slight rounding…
…and overlapping wod gets trimmed down.
The lid gets a nice fingerhole.
The lid fits!
Now the fiddles get sanded…
…and clamped in place.
All corners get a nice fine sanding to get a perfect rounding.
The first coat of varnish gets applied
After the first coat, everything gets an intermediate sanding.
Some minor faults on the underside are fixed with wax before the final coats of varnish.
This is how the table will look like once it is assembled on board.
The last coat gets applied.
And here it is: Ahora’s new cabin-table!
A detail of a corner.
And the box for the underside.