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Forge table #3: Cleaning up the top

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 10-06-2020 05:04 PM 447 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This morning I decided it was time to get the top of the table a little closer to done. I started by sawing off the excess on the ends.

Next up was scrubbing across the grain to even out the slight undulations where I had clamped the board together. Forgot to take a photo. Oops!

Once that was done, I started drilling the holes for the legs. I want them to go through the center of the battens, about two inches from the edge of the table. They’re going to be straight vertical, with some sort of stringers, so the holes were pretty easy, except for the fact that my ¾ inch auger has a soft wood lead screw on it, and will split oak if I don’t drill a 3/16 pilot hole first. I got reminded of that the hard way when the batten cracked on the first hole I drilled. Oh well. Squirt a little glue into the crack and it shouldn’t affect the strength.

Next was chamfering the top. Low angle jack plane for this, end grain first, then the long grain sides next. That pretty well cleans up the blow outs.

Then a quick pass with the smoothing plane with the grain on the top.

It’s looking pretty good, but I’ve got a little gap in one of the seams. Let’s jam it full of the wood filler I’ve got sitting out from after repairing some of the trim on the house. It’s a “light oak” color, so it’ll be close enough, right? Plus, as Duck pointed out, I should probably put a piece of plate over the top of the table to protect it from heat. But if I end up using it for something other than holding the forge, I might want it prettier, so let’s clean it up now while it’s easy to do so.

And that’ll do it for this morning. I’ll work on a bookcase or two in the afternoon. Probably for the next few days too, while I wait for my gouge, skew, and pipe clamp to arrive so I can set up my lathe.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 10-06-2020 06:45 PM

Progress looks good, keep up the good work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-06-2020 10:20 PM

Don’t worry about the steel plate on top even if you decide to repurpose the table. I drilled holes in the corners of my plate, counter sunk them and used wood screws to attach it. Those holes would be easy to fill later if you remove the plate. Easier than removing burn marks.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 10-06-2020 11:13 PM

Mighty fins Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 10-07-2020 02:40 AM

Thanks, guys!

Duck, that’s roughly my plan, though I might just use a couple pins (i.e. bolts) and gravity. Gotta see what I can find for a hunk of steel and go from there.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 10-07-2020 03:00 AM

Table looks like it’s coming together Dave. I usually don’t follow blogs much but will keep an eye on this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-07-2020 03:11 AM

Thanks, Dave. Progress will likely be slow for the next few days. I need to get my bookcases done for the week, plus there’s a knife swap I’m building a prototype for, and when I get the lathe set up, I’m going to need to teach myself how to turn before the legs for this get done.

Unless I take Duck’s advice on the legs and just use a spokeshave. ;-) More likely I’ll use a jack plane and my jig for holding the legs at a 45 degree angle. It makes making octagonal legs pretty quick…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 10-10-2020 07:08 AM

My most serious and only concern with this project is the fact it looks like the drive chain on the cycle has been used in support.

Keep up the good work Dave, its going well and I guess you wont be going anyplace soon!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 10-10-2020 09:22 AM

Ahh, that’s the drive chain on my twin-screw vise, Rob. Keeps the two screws synchronized, so I only need to turn one handle. In fact, I only have one handle on the vise at the moment.

Got the pipes and pipe clamps yesterday. Will assemble more of the lathe later today, and maybe get the legs ready once the skew and gouge arrive early next week.

Also got a three-foot square piece of aluminum diamond plate to protect the table-top yesterday. I get to put the metal cutting blade in my circular saw and try to cut that soon, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 10-12-2020 09:54 PM

Speaking of motorcycles, i don’t think I ever showed you the electric bike I have.
Its a Sur Ron L1e road register able.

Not something you could do a long road run on but a great commuter bike.

60 V 32Ah

recharges from 20% in 3hrs

Sold in the USA by Luna cycles for one that I know of.

https://lunacycle.com

And here in Aust by my son

https://www.aebikes.com.au

A very experenced Richard Kent riding his.

https://www.aebikes.com.au/video.html

Just thought you may be interested.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 10-12-2020 10:53 PM

Thanks, Rob. Looks like a fun bike for short hauls. I’ll probably drive my KLR650 until it dies, but I’ve already decided it’ll get replaced by a Zero DS unless there’s something much better by then. And the BMW will probably remain the long-haul road bike as long as we’re taking road trips. Of course, after this year, who knows what’s going to happen, right?

But at just shy of 20 stone, I tend to favor a fairly beefy ride. My KLR 650 got a suspension upgrade which increased its carrying capacity by over half again, and raised the suspension over an inch while fully laden. I can have it loaded up for a long haul, and I can’t manage to bottom out the front fork.

With a 10 gallon fuel tank, and an addition 4 gallons in cans on the panniers, I’ve got a range of over 550 miles, which is enough to get pretty seriously lost. ;-) It’s a little top-heavy when carrying that much juice, but I rode the MSF off-road riding class on it, and kept up with the kids riding 150cc dirt bikes. Only place I had trouble was one single-track where there was a tree across the track that I couldn’t get my windscreen under, but I managed to get around and get back on the track, so…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 11-01-2020 12:59 AM

Hey Dave

No 1 Son just received his first Sur Ron Storm Bee in our container of 50 bikes

He assembled it and was away

looks good very similar to a KTM free ride (funny about that)

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 11-01-2020 02:52 AM

Nice, Rob! I see he’s not a believer in ATGATT.

Been working on other projects, so the forge and table are still not set up. But I got one of two Christmas prezzies built today, so that’s something. And i unpacked two more boxes of books today, too. Only twenty-two more to unpack, says my sweetie.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 11-01-2020 08:08 PM

Yeah a bit of a impromptu ride home Dave, it had a 20Amp plug on the charger we couldn’t charge it at the warehouse otherwise yep its all on.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 11-02-2020 03:05 AM

Looks like a fun bike. We were out walking around today:

Should’ve ridden the KLR, but we tend to take the pickup for the first trip to a new place.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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