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Blog entry by Demowen posted 04-14-2009 04:43 AM 1425 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy everyone, I thought I’d post a few projects that I’ve had to put on the back burner for a while.

The first one is on the back burner simply because I’m not sure what to do with it! If you folks have any ideas on what to do with it, I’d love to hear it! This is a solid oak hand hewn barn beam that is about 5 or so feet tall. I don’t want to make a bench out of it. I think it should be a centerpiece someday. I’d make a manltle but I don’t have a fireplace. This came from the family farm so I think it really ought to stay in the family.
I think that it can be cleaned up with a pressure washer in order to bring out the oak color without messing up the fact that it is hand hewn.

The next project is the pedestal base of a cherry table. I bought a solid cherry round table that was about 1.5” thick for $10 at a yard sale. The pedestal that was on it was puney so i decided to make somthing a little more sturdy.
I basically made a solid octocon out of some old cherry flooring boards. I cleaned everything up and milled it down. I glued everything up with some band clamps to get the octogon. Once it was together, I made this jig to suspend the piece while I worked on it…
The intent of the jig was to allow me to set a router on top to hang above the pedestal. If I put a straight bit in and slowly turned the pedestal on the frame to round it out. Once the piece was a cylender in all the right places I added a riser block to the front and cut out some of the top rail in order to more easily access the pedestal. It was just a matter of marking and filing from there. It is all shaped but needs to be sanded to a finishing grit.

I need some ideas for the feet now. I picked up some hanger bolts to attatch them but am not sure what shape to go with. I was thinking about making them look like tree roots growing from the pedestal wavy. What do you guys think? I’m open to suggestions, criticism and encouragment.

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#1 posted 04-14-2009 03:20 PM

Hey man you did an awesome job on the milling of that pedestal. You will have to tell me the details of how you did it when you come over to the shop tonight.

Great job.

Hey save the timber for a mantle for Brit. :)

-- joetroba, PA

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