Trestle Table #48: Waxed Surfaces of Table Parts

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-09-2016 05:26 AM 1032 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I applied and buff some of my dark brown past wax on the trestle table.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 12-09-2016 12:51 PM

Amazing work, I hope one day I have the patience and skill for hand flattening a table. I had one question on the battens, are the outer screw holes slots? I was just wondering about expansion and contraction. thanks for going through the whole process, great job of documenting it.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#2 posted 12-09-2016 05:54 PM

I am so glad you asked. I could not recall what I did so I inspected the battens. I also reviewed Gary Rogowski’s article and the scaled plans. Certainly the battens are simply screwed to the underside of the table top; no glue is used. I predrilled three screw holes, the outer two are elongated holes. As you correctly assumed they are there to accommodate and allow for seasonal wood movement. Only the scaled drawings addressed this issue for the battens. Three battens are attached to the table top.

For a while I was concerned that my finish coats of boiled linseed oil was not going to give me my desired finish. I probably could hve gotten my desired result if I continued additional coats of BLO. I became impatient. Switching to Danish Oil got me where I wanted to be quicker. It also was not that drastic of a change of finish oil. I am real happy with the state of this table’s finish. I believe in time the cherry will become deeper in color and richer in appearance.

Thank you for your interest and comments. I was afraid my detailed blog was becoming too detailed and way over the top with its verbosity. Still I plan to cut back with posts for future projects although writing for me has been therapeutic in a way.

-- --- Happy Howie

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