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Little Staked Table #3: Softening the Edges, Finishing

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 10-04-2021 09:20 PM 930 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a productive day, with a third shop-session. Aside from turning the legs and gluing up the top, nearly all the work (to this point) on this table happened in a single day. Whew!

First up was trimming the ends of the battens to match the size of the tabletop. No big deal, I grabbed the dovetail saw that was on the bench to do the job.

Then it was time to round the corners. I found a handy template in the shop, and drew some lines.

Then cut the corners round using my bow saw since the 12” blade goes through pine like a hot knife through butter.

Next up was using a spokeshave to smooth off the corners I had just cut.

Then I used a block plane and spokeshave to chamfer the edges.

And a knife to chamfer the edges in the flatulence slots, even though with a table, that shouldn’t be an issue.

And finally, after wiping everything down with some worn 60-grit sandpaper (probably the equivalent of 100 grit), I put a coat of a 1# cut of shellac on, slopping it on pretty thick, hoping that I can finish with the shellac with only one or two more coats.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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#1 posted 10-04-2021 10:29 PM

I might have a spare router I could send you for Christmas!!

A very nice result.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-04-2021 11:18 PM

It was a productive day indeed. Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy a cold one, cause like Stumpy Nubs says: “You’ve earned it my friend.”

-- "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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#3 posted 10-05-2021 12:06 AM

That’s a lot of plain (plane) handy (hand) work Dave. My hands hurt after the first blog. Now it’s time to test it out with a few of those cocktails. Beautiful work.
I like th paint can template too, I use a lot of them around the shop. Hahaha.

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

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#4 posted 10-05-2021 12:30 AM

A router? Like a Stanley 71, Rob? That’d be lovely!

Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Dave! Went pretty well, I think. Having a glass of wine now, before doing dishes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 10-05-2021 01:11 AM



A router? Like a Stanley 71, Rob? That’d be lovely!

Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Dave! Went pretty well, I think. Having a glass of wine now, before doing dishes.

- Dave Polaschek


that stanley 71 must be an older model router dave im not familiar with it.lookin good my man.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 10-05-2021 01:18 AM

This is what a Stanley 71 looks like, Pottz.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 10-05-2021 01:43 AM

huh looks pretty compact,cordless i assume.but where does the battery go ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 10-05-2021 03:21 PM

Gotta love the exclusive use of “meat” powered tools! So very quiet, but the power source can be finicky 8^)

You are the wood whisperer “Land-o-Lakes” expat all the neighbors are gossiping about 8^)

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#9 posted 10-05-2021 07:59 PM

Nice work on that, I love the hand work and edges.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 10-05-2021 09:43 PM

You eat the battery, Pottz. ;-)

Thanks, Splint! Gotta give the neighbors something to keep them busy.

Thanks, Mads!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 10-05-2021 09:58 PM



You eat the battery, Pottz. ;-)

Thanks, Splint! Gotta give the neighbors something to keep them busy.

Thanks, Mads!

- Dave Polaschek


i have to admit i do have have a router plane,may even use it someday-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 10-05-2021 10:51 PM

Amazing final product!

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#13 posted 10-06-2021 12:51 AM

They’re pretty handy at times, Pottz.

Thanks, Eugene. Not done yet, though. It’s had two more coats of shellac, with a wipe-down with 400 grit before the last coat. I think it gets one more coat of shellac before the enamel goes on.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 10-06-2021 05:28 AM

Sorry Dave, I’m with Rob & Pottz; power tools!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 10-06-2021 11:02 AM

No worries, Peter. To each his own. I do use the bandsaw for things like ripping the four leg pieces out of one board of ash, and the powered lathe for making the legs round, but as Splint put it, the meat-powered tools are nice and quiet, and most times that wins out.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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