Veneered Sofa Table #1: Getting prepared, wrecking tools

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Blog entry by SPHinTampa posted 10-25-2011 07:58 PM 6918 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While I am waiting for the finish to cure on my tray project, I started my next adventure. I am building a sofa table to match, approximately, the end tables that I made last year (

I started by sketching out a design on paper with some basic measurements. Usually I get a little more detailed and do a scale drawing (I use MS powerpoint). Since I plan to match the end tables, I need a little less design detail and paper will do.

Begin with stock preparation by selecting stock and marking out rough cuts

Start by jointing one face and then one edge.

In the process of face jointing the final couple of pieces, I killed my bench top jointer. The outfeed adjust has always been loose and it slipped lower, taking a 1/8” cut rather than a 1/32” cut I started with. I got frustrated and tried to force the cut, which stripped the belt from the motor to the cutter. Dumb, dumb, dumb … frustration is always a bad idea when dealing with shop tools.

I ended up buying a free standing, second hand 6” Rigid jointer to replace it and I am amazed by what I have been missing. Much nicer to use. Expensive lesson in patience.

Having two sides prepped, I then use the planer to bring the stock to final thickness.

Next step …. veneering the top.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 02:23 AM

Really nice work on the end tables. Lovely use of veneer.

I don’t even own a jointer… er… uh… unless you count my #607 and #608 Bedrocks. I’ve gotten good at face jointing by hand. Then I flip it and run it through my planer. Voila. Of all the power tool injuries that I’ve read about and seen have been at the power jointer. I guess it’s just a simple tool that doesn’t look like it could do much damage. WRONG! I know one guy who fed both palms to his when the board caught and shot out from under his hands. It was on a 12” commercial jointer and he was NOT using the push pads. Lesson learned at the expense of a couple of years worth of skin grafts.

So be careful with that thing and keep up the beautiful work.


BTW, I live in Lakeland, where do you get your lumber and veneer? I’ve bought some from Craftsman Supply on Busch Blvd.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 02:47 PM


Thank you for the comments.

With regards to material sources in Tampa, I buy most of my lumber from InterCity Lumber on Causeway Blvd. I really like Craftsman but they are a little expensive but do have good turning stock. Occasionally I will head down to Clearwater to get specialty items from Woodcraft, including veneer.

However, my best source of veneer remains eBay.


-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 03:12 AM

Great looking table!

Not sure where in Tampa you are, but check out N Rome Lumber off Hillsborough too. They’re great for cherry, hog, maple and walnut. I buy my exotics from Intercity and they’re great to work with but I like Rome as well.

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