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NOV/DEC 2002
Volume 45/Issue 6

Project Articles
The Pembroke Table
The Cheval Mirror
The Child's Sled & Climbing Bear

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Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Scrap Wood Secrets
Service Pointers
RUST - The degeneration of tools & how to deal with it
Safety Tips
Horizontal Boring Machine Set-Up & Safety

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Dial Indicator Gauge and Adjustable Stop Collar

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The Traditional Pembroke Table

A generous storage drawer and two fold-down leaves make this table a handsome addition in any Living Room or Bedroom.

This small drop-leaf table with drawer is modeled after a traditional Pembroke Table. It is a versatile, compact piece of furniture, offering a multitude of uses in your home decorating plans. Place it in an entry hall under a mirror to offer a warm welcome to visiting guests. Open both leaves and place it next to a sofa to showcase a special lamp or other prized object. Open a single leaf and place it next to your bed for the telephone and a reading lamp. The drop leaves bring untold versatility to this handsome little table.

The table uses a total of eight different joints; five of them functioning as “locking joints” that help hold the carcase or drawer together, the other three are part of the movable features of the table. Each joint was chosen for a good reason. But don't let all of this joinery overwhelm you. Remember, you don't have to cut all of them at once. Instead, you can parcel out the work to suit your own pace.

Start by studying the plan drawings. They contain all the information you need to build this great little table. Everything in these plans is there to help you - the smallest mark, the least dimension - review them all very carefully. Remember that an old, “Master Woodworker” once offered this formula: Of the total time required to build this or any project, 60% should be invested in studying and planning your approach...10% in sharpening and setting-up your tools...10% in making your cuts and fitting everything together...and the last 20% in final sanding and applying your finish.

Only one kind of specialized hardware is required for the table...the drop-leaf hinges. We used two pairs of Stanley 1-1/4" table hinges (Stanley item # 46-330), which we ordered through a woodworking supply catalog. All other hardware came from a local Home Center.

Figure 1. Cutting glue edge.

1. Create the glue joints that will hold the pieces of the top together. We used the Shopsmith Glue Joint Shaper Cutter to make the cuts for this joint. We recommend this joint because it consists of a unitized, self-aligning spline/groove combination that dramatically increases the amount of gluing surface. As a result, you get an incredibly strong joint, once assembled.

When shaping these joints, remember to set your MARK V Work Table at waist-height or a little lower for optimum workpiece control and be sure your Shaper Cutters are sharp before you get started.

Your rough top, once assembled should be 36" x 19". This will give you plenty of stock to dress up the edges and cut the special drop-leaf joint.

Alternative Procedure: As an alternative, you could also use the Shopsmith Molder Set-Up with the Molding Glue Joint Cutter to create these joints.

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