Figure 239 shows a bill of material for the table. The table top is 16 inches square, therefore it will have to be made of two pieces. Unless you already have had experience in glueing up work, the author advises you to have this piece glued up at a mill. It will not cost much. However, if you want to do the work yourself, Fig. 245 shows how to go about it. Make the top of two pieces of equal width. The first thing to be certain of, after planing up the pieces, is that the faces are straight and true, and that the joining edges are exactly square, lengthwise and cross-wise. With these conditions met, place the pieces back to back in your bench-vise, with the joining edges even with one another, and square lines across the edges at the center and near each end, to mark the positions for dowel-pin holes. At the center of these lines bore 1/4-inch holes about 1 1/2 inches deep, being careful to bore them exactly at right angles to the edges. Get a dowel-stick to fit the holes, and cut dowel-pins from it a trifle shorter than the combined depth of a pair of the holes. Coat the pins with glue, also both edges of the boards, then drive the pins into the holes. Put the work in clamps, and allow it to remain until the glue has set. Now, if you have done the work correctly, you will have a perfectly joined top.

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Fig. 239. - Material Required for Telephone Table Shown in Fig. 231 Fig. 240. - Side View of Table Fig. 241. - Cross-Section of Table

Fig. 242. - Plan of Table Top E Fig. 243. - Detail of Rails B and D

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Fig. 244. - Detail Showing Mortise-and-Tenon Joints of Legs and Rails

Fig. 245. - Detail of Table Top

Fig. 246. - Detail Showing Legs, Rails and Top Assembled

Figure 240 shows a side view of the table, and Fig. 241 shows a cross-section with the principal dimensions. Rails

B and D have tenons cut upon their ends (Figs. 243 and 244), and mortises for these to fit in are cut in the legs (Fig. 244). Rails C are not tenoned; they fit between the legs.

Top E and shelf F are screwed in place, the screws passing through the rails into them. As it would require very long screws if you ran them entirely through the rails into the table-top and into the shelf, holes are bored halfway through the rails (Fig. 244), and then holes a trifle larger than the screw shank, but smaller than the heads, are drilled through the rest of the way, so screws about 1 1/2 inches long can be used. Provide two screw-holes for each rail, one near each end (Fig. 246).

To assemble the table, after having cut every piece of the correct size, and prepared the leg mortises and rail tenons, first coat the mortises and tenons with glue, and drive the tenons into the mortises. Then upon the under side of top E mark out the positions for the legs, and screw rails B to the top; coat the ends of rails C with glue, slip them between the legs, and screw them to the top. Screw rails D to shelf F in a similar manner.

In Fig. 247 is specified the material required for

The Chair. The legs are mortised to receive the ends of the rails, in the same manner as those of the table are mortised. That is to say, mortises are made for the ends of rails C, D, E, F, G, and I. Mortises for side rails H would cut into those for rails C and F, so rails H are not tenoned, but are cut to fit between the legs. You will see by Fig. 249, which is a plan view of the chair, that seat J is notched at the corners to fit around legs B; also, that legs B are set 1/2 inch farther apart than legs A, which makes it necessary to run rails H into the center of the width of legs A, and into the inside half of legs B. Bore one hole through the center of the edge of rails C, F, and H, in the same manner as holes were bored through the table rails (Fig. 244), to provide for attaching the chair seat. (Fig. 250).

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Fig. 247. - Material Required for Telephone Chair Shown in Fig. 231 Fig. 248. - Front View Fig. 249. - Plan Fig. 250. - Cross-Section

In assembling the chair, drive the tenons on rails C and D into the mortises cut in legs A, then drive the tenons of rails E, F, and G into the mortises cut in legs B. Connect legs A and B by means of rails I, and, finally, screw rails C, F, and H to the under side of the seat.

When you have assembled your table and chair, you may find that the legs are a trifle uneven. The way to correct this is to stand the table, then the chair, upon a surface known to be level, and note the short leg. Cut a block of wood of the right thickness to slip under this leg. Then slide this block around each side of the other legs, marking where its top comes on each face of each leg. Trim off the legs at these points.