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Little Staked Table #2: Top

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 10-04-2021 06:05 PM 587 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Introduction, Legs, and Battens Part 2 of Little Staked Table series Part 3: Softening the Edges, Finishing »

As promised, next up was the top. Well, it was partly before the legs, and partly after, since there was a long chunk of glue drying in there…

Anyway, I used a 1 inch Forstner bit to make holes along a five-inch line an inch from the edge of each of the two 1×8s I was going to glue up. Took a coarse rasp to smooth out the bits between the holes (which serve as a handle, or as a relief for flatulence) and then glued the board together.

Used my smoothing plane to clean off the squeeze-out and flatten things out.

Then I drew a line a quarter inch from the edge of the board, and three inches (actually the width of a 1×4, so 3½ inches) from the edge the other way. That’ll be about a 1:4 or 1:5 slope, which will not match my 1:8-ish slope on the legs, but it’ll get me started.

Then I used my jack plane across the grain to remove wood down to the lines.

Then I set one batten on the slope I’d just made, and the other across the flat of the board. Looks like I need to make the slope a little more slopey, so I did a half-dozen passes with the plane, and it looked about right.

Adjusted the other side the same way, and stepped back, and the legs looked about right, so it’s time for some glue.

And some clamps.

And that’s about it for now. I’ll need to cut the battens down to size, chamfer some edges, get the top a little more smooth, and then I should be ready to shellac it. Then my sweetie will paint it with enamel once I’ve got the shellac on and am happy with it (remember, shellac sticks to everything, and everything sticks to shellac, so it makes a great primer, and since I’ve got multiple salsa jars of it mixed up from the bookcases, I need to use some up before it goes bad – my shelf-life for the shellac I mix is 6-9 months).

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 10-04-2021 07:03 PM

Nice work, guess the project post will show this right side up, so post after it’s painted.

-- "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 10-04-2021 07:38 PM

Is the grain in that glue up at right angles? Probably not wide enough to be a problem but being on the patio, I can imagine some pretty wide moisture swings between rainy days (especially if it gets wet) and the normal low humidity days.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 10-04-2021 07:50 PM

I expect so, Tom. The last picture here was also right-side up…

Yes, Nathan. The grain on the battens is at right angles to the grain in the top. At 15 inches I think it’s small enough that it probably won’t be a problem, but if it is, I’ll make another, I guess. Plus it’ll be sealed behind some good quality enamel…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 10-04-2021 11:22 PM

Oh, how’d I miss that, old age eyes I guess.

-- "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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#5 posted 10-05-2021 12:28 AM

It’s a deceiving photo with a busy background, maybe.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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