Coffee table for woodworking angst #4: Final touches

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Blog entry by Antti posted 02-04-2020 06:40 PM 502 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I didnt take pictures of the chamfering, but here are the tools I used:

The base with the stop-blocks and a rounded edge kept me from accidentally going over the line when using the agressive bigger rasp.

I started with the rasp, but soon realized the block plane was a lot more effective for getting rid of the excess material. I had a line for the edge thickness and another one for the ”end” of chamfer on the bottom side. I clamped the piece to the base, shaped an area, rotated, repeated, repeated. Once the rough shaping was donoe, the coarser rasp was good for straightening the form and ensuring a uniform shape for the chamfer. Once I was (very) close to the lines, I just took the piece into my lap and used a very light touch with the finer rasp for the final fractions of millimeters. In all honesty, nobody would be able to spot minor irregularities (or be interested enough…) in the shape, but of course you want to aim for the best possible result.

Once the form was there, it was sanding block through grits 150 – 180 – 320 – 400 on the bottom and the edges. For no particular reason other than I happened to have those. I guess I had used all my 220’s. The show face I actually attacked first with 100 grit, to straighten some waves from the planer. At this point I had even less alternatives, so I had to skip some interim grits. Walnut is so much easier to sand than for example oak, that it didnt really matter.

Once I get couple more coats of Osmo oil-wax, I’ll post the finished piece.

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#1 posted 02-05-2020 01:35 PM

That’s going to take an oil finish nicely… I can just tell.


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