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So it time to transport it! The whole table is modular so it fitted neatly in to a trailer:
Once it was home it was time to assemble it. Due to the assembly process being tool-less it is quite quick to set up.
The light is a phillips hue lightstrip integrated into the shelf. It is controlled via home assistant (automation system). The light will can change colour and will be automated so it changes color acording to the time of day. That way it can have a warm colour at night so I don't get fatigued so quickly by blue light in the night.
So today I finished the table! I started with mounting the led strip to the shelf.
I made a little hook from a picture hanger to manage the excess cable. Since i did not trust the included tape on the back of the led strip I added double sided tape in the groove for the LED strip.
I the started making to polycarbonate strip appear frosted. This was done with a belt sander:
after sanding the polycarbonate strip I glued it down with locktite epoxy.
I fount out that hammers worked excellently as weights while the glue dried! I then started cutting the threaded rods to length:
Tada! The table is finished!
It feels so good to be finished! Now i just need to transport it. The whole table can be disassembled into 4 main parts without any tools. The parts are the legs, frame, tabletop, and shelf. There will be a assembly video soon :)
So two days ago I bought a second tabletop so that my tabletop can be the right depth. I then made sure to align it and glued it with essve easytack:
While I would ideally use a car full of clamps this approach worked very well. I then needed to cut the tabletop to length. As you can see the to parts of the tabletop i snot the same size. I measured the length of the shelf and used a some scrap material as a guide for the circular saw:
With the sawing complete I started with attaching the tabletop to the frame.
I got a brilliant advice that I should just make four wooden square blocks and align them to the inside corners of the frame. This way the tabletop was secure and easy to transport. I used double sided tape to place the blocks on to the tabletop and secured it with four screws.
Voilà! A secure and easy transportable tabletop. I the proceeded to mount the shelf to the table top. The first step was to use drill through the shelf and tabletop while clamped together. the next step was to drill wholes in the steel angles that hold the to parts of the shelf together. Ithen made a very quick mock up of how the table will look like!
It was very dark so the image is in suuper poor quality. It was very nice to see it come together. And how easy it was to disassemble to store it indoors. Tomorrow I will trim the rods and install the LED strip!
So today i continued with the shelf. I continued making the cable management hole in log number 2. I also start working on the steel brackets.
Here is the cable management hole tested:
I also cut the steel brackets to length.The plan is to use threaded rods and locking nuts to connect the shelf to the table.
So now its time to build the shelf that will sit on top of the table! The table will conist of two 5X20cm planks and have a integrated phillips hue downlight. First I cut the plank to size and started to make the groove for the ledstrip.
I used a router to cut the grooves. I had to cut the grooves in parts because of the clamps.
Now i need ed to cut the second groove. the first one was for the led strip and the second is for frosted polycarbonate to have infront of the LED strip. A mock up is shown below:
on the end of the LED strip there is an controller. I wanted this to be hidden so that the downlight was fully integrated into the shelf. I therefor started to make a pocket that could house the controller.
I measured how big the pocket needed to be and drilled multiple holes to make it easier to use the chisel.
Tada! Finnished pocket hole with controller inside:
I then needed to drill a hole into the pocket so that i could route the power cable to the back of the table.
I made a smal hole connecting the groove and the pockethole together so that the LED strip and the controller could be connected. Now I just need to make a coverplate.
I made out of copper and grinded it to make it a bit more pleasant looking.
Tada! Coverplate completed. (sort of, I am going to make it look nicer later when its not so late). Tomorow I will try to join the two planks and make finger joints.
So next I have to make a tabletop support beam that the tabletop can be mounted to. I started making a cutout that the back end of the beam can slot into.
This was done with the Japanese handsaw and a chisel. On teh other side of the supportbeam I needed a plate that could be monted with screws. I straightened an angle iron and countersunk the holes.
Now it was just to drill the wholes and assemble it.
Now that all of the components of the structure is complete I sanded it and glued it together.
Next step: A shelf to sit on top of the tabletop(cant go to the store to buy the tabletop for some days so I build the shelf first instead)!
So yesterday I made some patterns for where I would like the screws to be. This was to ensure that the whole thing would stay together:
I also countersunk the screwholes with a countersink bit :
First set of screw holes finished
Table assembled with screws. Sanding and tabletop support beam next.
Sooo, It´s been a while since I have worked on this project. But now I finally got time and opportunity to continue to work on this project. I tried to make the finger joints with a router and a guide. Almost half a year has past and I decided to use this newly acquired thing instead:
A Japanese handsaw. This turned out to work beautifully. So I used the guide to draw out where I should cut got to work.
After some sawing I started using a file for the small details.
I started with the fingerjoint on the sidepieces of the table. I then made the fingerjoints on the eeehm, long pieces.
and a preview withe a tableleg attached(I held the leg up with my foot hence the blurry picture):Test the front assembled Finger joint on the back side table.Suddenly:
Whoa! A frame!
ooh, the frame is assembled with legs! It still needs glue and screws but quite a lot of progress has been made. I also put the tabletop just to see how it looked:
New update will be posted soon!
So.. I got the new router spindle from Grønvold maskin. It arrived from Bosch to the store yesterday and I picked it up today.
I got to the workshop and realised that they had sent me an 6mm router spindle. My custom router bit has a 8 mm shaft. As you can see in the picture it is a decent amount of nope, that wont work. So no I have to order a 8mm router spindle. *Sigh*.
So next up was finishing the templates. The first try the cnc-machine wasn't properly zeroed and it ended up like this:
Ouch. that does not look good. and trust me it wasn't. It broke the 4mm end mill bit in half. Well, lets try again:
Well, the reason this template isn't finished is because the end mill broke. again. By this time I was having a strong feeling that something was done incorrectly. We moved up to a 7mm bit that solved the problem.
But "stop!" I hear you say. "Why are the holes in the midle and not the edge?". Well for some reason the cnc program decided that this specific modell should be in that direction. We solved by just obeying the cnc program and cut in on a tablesaw later. Some support brackets and a testfit later it looked like this:
Not to bad! now, lets flip the template and the other side.
Exactly as planned(except for those cnc mistakes that will have no practical complications).
"But what are those screws for?"
well to make the templates I needed them to be hold down securely and have some kind of sacrificial bed. so what i decided to do was to take one of the extra pieces I had for the table and make the side brackets and mount it to that piece with screws. That way I knew it would not move when the cnc was, well cncing. The clock was like really late now so I was so excited to try the template. I did. and failed completely. The problem was that I was cutting to fast in to the workpiece and the router but jammed itself and flew a couple of meters. It destroyed the router spindle so, lets not do that again... Luckily and going on a trip this week and the new spindle is already ordered so it should not set me back time wise.
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