Thorsen table challenge #3: Only three days left.....

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Blog entry by BarbS posted 05-29-2007 06:23 PM 4126 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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and Barb is finally getting serious. I’ve worked long long hours all the month of May and been meeting other deadlines as well, so, still trying to build one of my two tables to photograph!
One thing I’ve wished is that I had built Christopher Shwarz’s kneeling saw bench, as I had to resaw a mahogany slab 17”x15”x2” with a handsaw after cutting all edges with the tablesaw to about 3” deep. The only way I had to hold the thing was a bench vise, which closed the bottom edges if tightened, so it was a big challenge just to get the two top pieces divided.
I need support for a second shelf recessed above the bottom shelf, so decided to cut brackets as Dale Peart illustrates, which don’t go with the Thorsen Hourse table, but what the hey. Still cogitating on ebony plugs, as I haven’t enough ebony to do a full job of the whole table. I may use it some other way, as for drawer pulls, if I can eke out enough for two drawer designs.
I’ll be Lucky to get one table done by Thursday, but I’m sure going to give it a go. Now, if my office just doesn’t call needing me for an emergency again…..


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#1 posted 05-29-2007 06:26 PM

I can’t wait to see the table! I like hearing about the trials and tribulations of a build. The things we have to go through, the decisions and compromise. It makes for some very interesting reading and makes your build a learning process for the rest of us. Thank you!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-29-2007 06:49 PM

Barb -

Are those the brackets that appear on some of the Blacker House furniture? If so, then that is a great design feature.

Resawing with a handsaw? Wow, that exceeds my ability.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#3 posted 05-29-2007 10:44 PM

Go Barb. . . Go . . .

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-30-2007 01:30 AM

I have said saw bench (or similar). Love it. Comes in very handy

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 11:32 AM

you can do it – I know you can!! If you can handle the handsaw, you can finish by Thursday!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 03:30 PM

Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Spent all day in the shop yesterday, and am hoping for the same today. I could have slapped together a table, but decided on some detailed hand work to do it the way I want it, so I’m hearing Karson’s “go Barb go…” as I sit at the bench hand carving leg indents at the bottoms of the knuckled feet! I figure I have until midnight Thursday to get it finished and photographed, right? Whew…....


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#7 posted 05-30-2007 11:33 PM

Where are the pictures Barb?

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 03:00 AM

Sorry Obi…pix coming. Bad news today; I have been called to work Wed. night at 6:30pm, to stay out two nights in hotels and drive three different loads through Friday night, so—o
now Thorsen table entry for me by month’s end. Sorry folks, I’ll just have to finish what I started and post pix later of my table. I’ve sure admired all the entries, way to go Lumberjocks!


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#9 posted 05-31-2007 01:35 PM

oh Barb.. that’s really too bad…. you can’t even tape it all together and call it an entry, if you aren’t at home :(

well, at least we’ll still get to see your version when it is completed!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 07:13 PM

Waiting patiently.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 06-30-2007 03:48 PM

Were you able to complete the table? I’m sure Obi and Os are still waiting for Pics. Have things calmed down any?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-02-2007 01:44 AM

hello Wayne, I’m surprised any of you remembered! No, not completed yet, but working in snatches on it. My schedule for all of May/June was pretty insane, and seems to be slowing down to a normal pace now. This week I’ll try to post some pics of the long work in progress. ;-)


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