My favourite - The Glue-up. Somewhere under all those clamps is a table... I hate glue-ups, especially when the glue sets in about half its usual time because of the high temperature in the workshop. I really need to invetigate glues more I think. Anyway, I was going to be all controlled and glue up the two leg and stretcher assemblies first, and then glue them together with the remaining two stretchers later, until I realised my mortises were going to get full of glue squeeze out, so I went for the hectic option instead.
Meanwhile, chamfering the undersides of the tops using a pencil gauge to mark the limits of the chamfer. 1"/25mm in and 0.5"/12mm from the top. I did most of the grunt work with the low angle jack set fairly coarse than cleaned up cross grain with the skew block and long grain with the BUS. Once I got the knack of judging the right angle it went pretty quickly. All done before breakfast and more to show for it than a pre-breakfast run.
I like to mark "significant gift" pieces with a coin of the year I made it; in this case I departed from that a little and acquired two 1955 sixpenny pieces to mark the 50th Wedding Anniversary. My 3/4" forstner bit gave a just-so fit, with a dab of epoxy just to make sure.
After completing the finishing on the underside of the top, I positioned the legs in relation to the top by eye, popped in the buttons and marked through the screw holes with a bradawl. Then removed the buttons and leg/stretcher assembly, drilled the pilot holes, replaced the leg/stretcher frame and buttons and lined them up. #8 1 1/4" brass screws were just the right size, waxed to aid their passage, and driven with a rather nice cabinetmaker's screwdriver of the right size.
The underside all done.
Yet more shellac on the tops... As I seemed to have been wiping on endless coats of shellac, I thought I might as well record doing that too. I made up a rubber rather like one for French Polishing; cotton waste wrapped round with cotton rag to make a firm, smooth surface. Then I just flood the shellac onto the pad, let it soak in a moment and then wipe on. Somewhere or other I read the technique is to act like you're doing a sort of practise plane landing. Coming in to land at the far side...
...skim along the surface or runway and then take off again. All in one movement. It's not a bad way of remembering the technique really. The key thing is to remember to wipe round the edges after the top or you can get nasty drips...
Some time later... and once again I have infinite trouble taking completed project pics. I think they look better than this "in the flesh", but you get the gist.

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