Walnut & Curly Maple Coffee Table #3: Cleaning up main panel and distractions

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Blog entry by Reinan posted 10-22-2017 01:35 PM 874 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Clamping main panel Part 3 of Walnut & Curly Maple Coffee Table series Part 4: Shop made tenoning jig, legs machined »

Pulled the panel out of clamps yesterday after spending most of the day running around. Part of that time was spent picking up with stock which will become the legs. I had found a very rough piece of walnut, which I had a friend offer to clean up for me. When I stopped by to pick it up, he hadn’t gotten to it yet but was willing to take care of it then. So we blanked the pieces to ~20” and started jointing 2 sides perpendicular so we could square it up on the planer. Think a jointer might need to find a spot in my cramped shop one of these days.

Ended up side tracked by a cleanup project in the shop. My dad gifted me with my great grandfathers belt sander; a 1952(?) Skil model 323. I spent some time cleaning it up including clearing out the dried up oil from the gearbox, fixing some slop in the tensioning wheel mount, and replacing a broken cord end with a new one. Went to put on a belt to test it out only to find that the 4×24 belts are too small for this sander. After some research it appears this unit uses 4.5”x26” belts, which are not available locally. They are still available from a couple different abrasive manufacturers online however, so I ordered a selection of grits.

Thinking I could get that sander working and use it to sand the table top left me without either task complete. Started in on it with my old sander and got the joints cleaned up. Might still have a few minutes to spend on getting it flat once the belts come in, but at least it’s cleaned up.

-- -Russ

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