Some of the old projects

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Blog entry by TraylorPark posted 03-12-2014 08:26 PM 1871 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I posted blog 1 and it was asked that I show the table that brought me to the realization that my skills are not where I thought they were. So I figured I’d just show all the major pieces I’ve done so far. There are a few others that I made for others or they aren’t displayed in the house and I don’t have pictures of, but here are the important ones in my eyes.

This was the first major project I did. Kind of a big undertaking for my skill set, but it’s still standing 7 years later. The top is poplar stained with walnut and lacquer finish.

Second big one. It’s pine frames with ply sides stained walnut with a wipe on poly finish. I didn’t have stile and rail bits for my router yet so I used a slot cutter and made tongue and groove for the doors.

This is my favorite so far, but I’m really going to have to redo it. I think it’s about to fall apart. Pine with granite tile inserts stained red mahogany with a lacquer finish. It’s doweled and glued and screwed and nailed and I think the next time a dog runs into it’s going to fall over.

This is the table in question on my first blog. None of the boards are even I sanded it and made dips and humps and all the joints are so loose that when you spill on the top it leaks down to the floor. However, I do love the base for this and think that you could have a dance party on top of it.

More later on the teasers from post one, but thought these pictures were relevant to the blog.

Catch ya later,

-- --Zach

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 12:31 AM


You’re doing fine!

You’ve identified some things that can make life easier (like a good rail & stile set).

You say the hall table is falling apart with dowels and glue and screw and nails. For me, I mostly use pretty tight fitting mortise and tenon joints, with fresh glue (I buy small bottles) and nothing has fallen apart yet.

The kitchen tabletop glue-up was gonna be a challenge with so many boards (look at some of the topics about cutting board glue-ups). I’d have tried to find someone to thickness resaw the boards on a bandsaw, maintaining the 10” width (heck, if I had enough boards I mighta used them 3” thick).

Long glue-ups are a pain I avoid as much as practical. When I do them (and I often must), I make cauls (sometimes for both the edges AND the faces), sometimes use biscuits for alignment, get my starting boards as flat and consistently thick as I can, and try to do just 2 boards at a time. If it fits, I run finished sub-assemblies thru the planar. When the assembly gets too wide, I use a hand plane jointer to flatten the joints (or even a scraper – if I got lucky). I always do wind up sanding, but I random orbit sand the whole (previously flattened) top and avoid the temptation to overwork the joints only. Nowadays, most come out presentable.

The trick, for me, is design to achieve as few long glue joints as possible. Tends to make me buy more expensive wider boards, but shop time is precious – so, for me, its worth it.

Keep looking for tried-and-true methods and design for the least number of difficult tasks. The more you do, the better you’ll get.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 01:51 AM

Thank you for the sound advice. Post like that are the reason I joined the site.

-- --Zach

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 06:46 AM

I can’t add anything to what Jim has said other than visit A Furniture Maker's Forum that BigRedKnothead started. LOTS of good info and folks to help you there. I’d say you’re off to a great start!

-- God bless, Candy

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