Step 6: Stock Preparation for the Aprons & Stretchers

The aprons and the stretchers are all 1 ¼” thick.

The aprons are 5” wide and the stretchers are 2” wide.

Select the most visually pleasing pieces of wood for the aprons.

Using the stock preparation process described in previous steps mill the rough sawn 1 ½” stock to 1 ¼” thick.

On the table saw, cut the aprons and stretchers to their respective widths. Rip them 1/16” oversize so you can joint or hand plane the cut edge to remove any saw marks.

Use a cross cut sled on the table saw to cut the side aprons and side stretchers to the exact same length. Use a stop guide to ensure they are all cut them to 19 1/8” long.

Use a cross cut sled on the table saw to cut the back apron and the front and back stretchers to the same length, 27 ¾”long.
<p>Great instructable. I didn't have all your tools so it took me a about a month of evenings. I only have table saw and hand held electric planer / Router / belt sander.</p><p>For anyone wanting to give this a go its still possible without thicknesser/ jointers etc (Would help a lot though)</p><p>My hint: </p><p>1.When laminating pieces together make your stock is extra long and wide then trust your table saw - it should make a good straight cut. Glue together and then cut / plane / sand to size.</p><p>I tried to get the joints perfect by planing and then sanding first but always made it worse.</p><p>2. Didn't have a router table so made a cardboard template to mark and drill holes for dowels for joints. </p><p>Made a fingerjoint jig for table saw (thanks YouTube) for drawer rather than dove tail joint. First fingerjoint. Quite proud of how well this went together and how easy it was.</p><p>Now I have to work on a proper top. Temp piece of ply in photo.</p>
<p>how much would you say the wood materials would cost?</p>
You are looking at about $240-300 for the maple. You need both 8/4 (&lt;2&quot; thick) and 4/4 (&lt;1&quot; thick).<br><br>The wheels, drawer slides and hardware are about another $150.<br><br>Hope this helps.
<p>I really like this. if only i had wood working space. Loved wood shop class in high school 20 something years ago. </p>
Nice, but you should only prep meat on a plastic board?
<p>This is not true. Actually, plastic boards are terrible for frequent cutting, as small pieces of plastic are frequently shaved off the board and end up in our food. Properly cleaned wood boards do not hold bacteria any more than glass or plastic. Glass is perfectly acceptable from a safety standpoint, but it significantly dulls knives. Any chef worth their salt is using wood (and anyone who cares about the enviornment and loves to cook is using Bamboo.)</p>
Where did you get those casters? They are very nice.
Woodworker's Journal has an online store that you can purchase them. <br> <br>http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/Main/Store/Designer-Wooden-Caster-Maple-with-Clear-Rings-Blac-651.aspx <br> <br>or from Rockler Woodworking @ <br>http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21978&amp;site=ROCKLER <br> <br>Hope this helps. <br>Willie <br> <br>
This is amazing. Bravo for all of your dedication. It shows!
Wow. <br>I'm in the middle of creating something similar, but am embarrassed to put it up now as what you've done it amazing, and the bodged pocket-screwed thing I'm cooking up definitely isn't in the same league as this project. My only excuse is not having access to some of the tools you've got (in reality it's probably a good deal of laziness too). <br>Thanks for a great instructional (and a reminder of how much I have yet to learn about woodworking!) Absolutely brilliant, and detailed stuff.
Absolutely beautifull! And an excellent job on your instructable!
Re the q about prepping meat on wood. Wood doesn't support microbial growth. And the way to maintain/clean/cure is by washing then rubbing down with salt. The moist salt gets into all the knife cuts etc and kills off any growths. Some people will say to use bleach water but that can add a flavour to foods. And thumbs up to this :-)
Very nice work on both the project and the instrucable.
A beautiful job crafting the prep station. Great job documenting your process. Now I just need to find a fully stocked woodworking shop I can borrow to make my own :)
Nice Work! Wished I had time to build one. Take Care - Roy
You did such a wonderful job documenting your process and materials. Thank you so much for the share, and great project.

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