Thorsen Side by Side LJ / PW Challenge Karson #2: Some of the misc parts of my Goncalo Alves Thorsen Greene & Greene table

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-07-2007 05:40 AM 1872 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, you have been asking. What I’ve been up to on the Thorsen G & G tables.
So here are some misc pictures. Of the Goncalo Alves Thorsen Greene and Greene Table.

This is the boards that I was using to select the wood for the table.
The table top

The legs with the mortises cut. I used the mortise table to cut them.

The legs, aprons, breadboard end pieces and the tabletop under it all.

The shelf support brackets with the mortise slots cut and the peg holes cut. The Woodhaven Mortise table is used as the support for the picture.

The table held together with friction and prayers so that I could measure the length of the shelf

The table has some of the pegs placed , but more to go. I’m using blackwood for the pegs and they are being glued in with epoxy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 05-07-2007 05:43 AM

Wow! What great wood…and with your workmanship it just isn’t fair!

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#2 posted 05-07-2007 05:46 AM

Wow. Looking forward to seeing it with Finish.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-07-2007 05:49 AM

We are not worthy, Karson! This is coming along very nicely! Beautiful workmanship!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-07-2007 05:50 AM

Wayne I’m not planning to put a finish on it. The wood feels like it is covered in paraffin. When you sand it and the surface is white with the dust and sanding scratches. But you let it sit for a couple of days and it self heals. There are no more visible scratches and the brown returns.

It’s magic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-07-2007 06:14 AM

That’s pretty cool Karson. Does the self healing property of the wood ever go away or is just a natural characteristic?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#6 posted 05-07-2007 06:27 AM

That’s some great looking wood. It must be an oily wood to behave like that.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 05-07-2007 01:47 PM

That’s some wonderful looking wood, Karson. How many of these did Obi order? LOL. You’re the man!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-07-2007 03:25 PM

Ok, these are nice and all but what are you going to do next? ;-)

Just teasin ya… beautiful piece Karson, and beautiful choice of wood. Wish all the wood I use was “self healing”... actually, so does the poor wood. Great job and thanks for posting this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 05-07-2007 03:58 PM

The self healing properties were something that I just noticed. I had sanded off some pencil lines and was doing something else to the legs later and i noticed that the marks were gone. The wood is heavy, but sands real easy and splits real easy. I drilled the peg holes after I had cut the mortise slots and it was easy to split the wood as you got the peg hole close to the mortise slot. There will be a lot of places where there is not going to be great wood to wood contact. I’ll use Epoxy glue to glue it together to try and fill in some of the gaps.

It’s the oiliest wood that I’ve ever seen. It does clog up sandpaper quite fast. I don’t have any stearate paper so I don’t know if it would work better.

The blackwood pegs also are hard to sand to fit into the 3/8” holes. It is also oily, and has the charismatic rosewood smell. The blackwood is harder to sand than the Goncalo Alves. You have to press down hard and rub vigorously to remove just a little wood.

The blackwood pegs also clog up the sandpaper.

Mark: I made Obi’s out of my “Hunnert Dollar Black Walnut Board” so that it would look like the one that he was going to originally make. LOL.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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