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Coffee table for woodworking angst #1: Second coming

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Blog entry by Antti posted 01-18-2020 08:16 AM 505 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After couple of years debating with my wife whether it would take too long for me to make a replacement for our bedroom dresser, I got the go-ahead. After buying the raw materials – I didnt remember cherry is made from gold apparently – I was sorely disappointed to find the workshop jointer in unausable condition. At this point I had so much bent up woodworking energy that I had to do something. Which didnt require jointing.

So I collected all the scrap from my previous walnut projects, and started to make a sister for the cherry and oak version of this same table I made earlier.

Doing the same table for the second time seems to be a lot easier and faster. The frame came together in a snap:

Before starting the application of glue I seemed to have forgotten that the second time is really easy. Glue-ups are super intimidating. Once Titebond starts flowing, there is no turning back…

My daughter was happy to help me hold the thing together, while I taped(!) it. She also helped to hold myself together as I was stressing the task!

Walking on eggshells with my end-grain to end-grain miters, I routed the grooves for the slats with the jig I had made for the first incarnation of this table. As the width of the frame was couple of millimeters different from the first table, I made new groove to get the slats distributed evenly. Cant remember why just moving the router fence wouldnt have worked..?

Now its bomb-proof. Which the furniture needs to be in our family.

And now its finished. Osmo oil-wax is my go-to finish. Super easy to apply, and leaves the wood itself in the focus.

The second installment of this blog might take a while: The scraps I have lined up for the tabletop need to be edge-jointed… Yeah, I know. I could find a way to get them secured somehow into a make-do-workbench and do it with a hand plane. Not ruling that out.



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