Big Pine Board Suggestions---First steps--Roughing it out

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Blog entry by Durnik150 posted 08-02-2009 03:59 AM 2458 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again all,

After thinking about and looking at the suggestions provided, I decided to take a piece of one suggestion and run with it. I am going to take this 8’ board and turn it into a couch table—kinda. Ulimately this will end up being four separate tables linked together by puzzle piece cutouts. If you want one table about 24 inches square, you only use one part of the table. If you need a longer table (maybe for serving at a party) you can piece together up to all four of them for one long table. This will become a little clearer as I proceed.

I measured out the individual portions of the table and marked them. Since I am using the whole thing as one unit, I had to select the best rectangle available. I will end up trimming a little bit off of each end to square things up and even out the pieces.

I decided to go with a flowing edge on the front so trimmed the front with my jig saw. The blade barely made it through and there were portions I had to do by hand since the blade couldn’t make it. Once I had the basic curves cut I mounted the whole piece on edge by using my Workmate lying on its side. I then took the belt sander with a 40 grit belt and started shaping the edge. I still have a bit to do but the pictures I will post will give you the idea of what I am working towards.

The only thing I am worrying about is what tool to use to actually cut the board into four pieces? My band saw is nowhere near large enough to accomodate this size of board. My jigsaw is not accurate enough. I was thinking about using my fixed base router to work a progressively deeper channel in the shape I want. I would then use the jig saw to finish off the cut. Then I would sand the edges like crazy. Any suggestions on this part would be greatly appreciated.

I’ll get the pictures posted and keep everyone up to date on my progress.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 04:30 AM

Here’s a photo of the progress so far.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 08-02-2009 04:49 AM

I’ll be watching.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 07:31 AM

Is that solid wood with color changes or a glued plank? Are you going to make puzzle faces where they fit together ? A thin bladed Bow Saw is about all I can thing of if your jig saw isn’t accurate enough. I’ve been itchin’ to build one, but I don’t know why? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-02-2009 01:05 PM

Yeah Topa that’s all one piece of wood. Straight through the widest portion of the tree. The color changes are not only heart wood and sap wood but also a blue tinge left by the pine beetle. And yes, each piece of four will have a puzzle shaped extension or impression along the left or right edge (or both for the two center tables). You can link all four of them together if you want an 8’ long table or leave out one or two if you need something a little shorter.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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