Thorsen table challenge #4: Wa-a-a-y past the deadline, but...

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Blog entry by BarbS posted 07-07-2007 05:46 AM 3869 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Barb is back at completing one of two end tables.
I promised some pix this week, so here is progress so far.
I wanted the tabletops to be one piece rather than split up my mahogany slabs and re-joining them, but the 15-1/2”x15-3/4” dimension was too big to resaw on my Laguna bandsaw.
I tackled resawing by hand after cutting all around with the tablesaw to 3-1/2” deep. I found out I really wished I had a better handsaw, but I’d never had to use the GreatNeck hardware store saw this way. Whew what a job:
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The cutting took days, due to paralyzing hand cramps. When parted, the two pieces needed some serious hand planing:
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And with a scrub plane, a Bailey 5C and a Stanley #4, plus hand scrapers, it didn’t actually take very long:
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And here is a dry fit of the first table, without any mortises cut for plugs, or the breadboard ends done. There will be a full width shelf at the bottom, after slight cloud-lift cuts in those rails, and a 5” shelf set along the small back rail, supported by pairs of brackets at the outer edges. Also due is a drawer front in the top section with a shop-designed pull of yet unkown design.
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I have very little ebony to use for plugs. The drawer handle may be something else altogether. I’m still working at this little table when I have time. And (name dropping alert) Betty Scarpino is going to be in town and take time to visit my shop next week, so I have to get something on the lathe for her to see that I am working, since seeing her over a year ago here. Can’t miss a chance for free advice/lessons from such a pro as Betty. So, this weekend is planned for a full-time woodworking weekend. Ah….heaven.


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-07-2007 05:53 AM

Hi Barb,

Okay, I’m impressed!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-07-2007 05:59 AM

Wow Barb!!! Thats what I call a resaw. I’m with Lee…....impressed to say the least!

Thanks, Carl.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#3 posted 07-07-2007 06:05 AM

But, as with a marathon, the victory lies in completion, you’re almost there!

Have fun “Latheing” with Betty!

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

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#4 posted 07-07-2007 06:32 AM

Very slick Barb. You’ll have yours done before I get to start mine…:)

-- Bob

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#5 posted 07-07-2007 08:09 AM

You are serious about resawing when you do it the way you did. Your table is looking great!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-07-2007 11:32 AM

Wow, Barb, this is dedication. I can’t imagine the difficulty level of re-sawing in this manner – hats off to you.

It’s looking real good, and the satisfaction that this one will give you will be a great reward for a job well done.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 07-07-2007 12:12 PM

and to think—you did that by CHOICE
that just seems….... mind-boggling frustrating and hard work.

I know that it will be worth it in the end though.

I don’t know Betty S. but sounds like it is quite the honour to have her in your shop and I am looking forward to reading your blog about her visit. :)

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

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#8 posted 07-07-2007 03:24 PM

Thanks everyone! You make me laugh, because ‘dedication’ doesn’t play into my woodworking as much as plain stubborness. The easy way would have been to part this panel and joint the edges, then rejoin with a seam line. I wanted a single top piece, and by gum, that’s what I had to figure out how to do. Another thing is, before missing the contest deadline and a-l-m-o-s-t getting it to the assembly stage, I was called to work for four days straight and gave up and closed the garage door. But it was actually a good thing, because I was going to take shortcuts to complete it, and this way, I can put in all the fine little details it should have. Besides, with a fun contest all over with, you guys get to watch a late bloomer proceed at a snail’s pace with another table.


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#9 posted 07-07-2007 04:31 PM

Great Job Barbs. We are with you all the way. And the Woodworking Challenge was just that a challenge to all woodworkers.

It’s never over

-- 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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#10 posted 07-07-2007 08:13 PM

Really fabulous Barbs. That resaw job looks like monstrous work. My hat is off the you. How do you like the E.C. Emmerich scrub? I have often admired them in the catalogues.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 07-07-2007 08:33 PM

Thanks Karson and Douglas. That ECE scrub plane surprised me…I bought it because it was only $56 at the time, and I needed one. The depth of the blade is easy to set, and it can hog off huge chunks of wood with little effort. Finer cuts leave clean, evenly spaced furrows you simply cross hatch. I’m at my line before I know it and am ready for the jack plane and smooth plane. After having it, I wouldn’t want to be without one now. I’d highly recommend it.


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#12 posted 07-07-2007 11:02 PM

Hmmm. I need a scrub plane. I’ll have to look into the ECE Plane.

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

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