Walnut Night stand #6: Tuesday was a bit better

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-13-2016 06:55 PM 1296 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let’s see, cleaned the bench off a bit

Except for a couple tools I thought I might need..

And brought this thing out of hiding..

Yep…that pine scrap did wind up glued in place. Wide chisel to pop it off. Got to looking at the legs….decided in the interests of it NOT falling over, a fourth legs was needed. First two legs were NOT 120* apart… Did NOT feel like digging another dovetail joint into the base with three already glued up. Used one leg as a pattern without the dovetail part. bandsaw, sander, and other things. Had to use the front wheel on the sander to match the curve of the post. Added a pair of LONG wood screws and some glue….

Next up, I needed this steel plate. Where to get a steel plate? had a saw blade, old nest of saws sort of thingy. Grinder to cut out a blank, grinder to shape into a circle. Masonary drill bit to drill a hole through the hard steel plate, BTW I did find my stash of screws ( all four of them) some one 1” long screw was used to attach the plate.

Marked out locations for 8 holes on the batten. Counter bored, then a regular bit to elongate the holes into slots. This allows top to move a bit.

Four on the ends, four around the middle. Flopped the top onto the bench, measure a few times to get things centered, and add the screws. Slot in the screw’s heads were “clocked” to match the one in the steel plate.

Sanded some rough spots, added some filler, and stood this thing up, on it’s own four feet

May have to trim a “toenail” or two. Flipped this over onto the top. Got out the BLO/Varnish mix and worked my way down. From the feet..

To the underside of the top..

Then, stand it up again, and do the top of the top.

Just a seal coat. Will let this dry a day. Rub things out tomorrow, and add coat #2…..hoping by the weekend to have this done. Woodworking part is done. next time? It will get posted as a Project.

Thanks for putting up with me, and following along…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 09-13-2016 08:03 PM

I hink the forth leg was a good decision it looks complete with it
I see the steel plate but what is it for?
There is no picture showing the clocked screws you inserted, so I am assuming you fixed the edges of the legs with it.

Overall looking OK.

PS I am glad you found the missing screws.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 09-13-2016 08:20 PM

Steel plate is a “keeper” to keep the legs from sliding back out, if the glue should ever fail.

There is a closeup of the post where it goes into the batten, with a screwdriver. You can barely make out te heads of two brass screws. Slots on all the screws run the same direction, even the one in the keeper plate.

Was supposed to be three legs @ 120 degrees apart. missed it by that much, chief…, now the fourth is onboard.

We’ll see how the seal coat comes out, then go from there.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 09-14-2016 12:07 AM

Have trimmed the longer legs back a bit, so the top will sit level.. and there isn’t any rocking going on. Not that I’m against things rocking….like chairs, or a Band…just not tables that rock. I like it when they plant their feet, and stay put.

Most of the seal coat has soaked into the wood, will need a second coat in the morning. May add a bit more varnish to the mix, as the 70% BLO might be a bit much. Might try to make the next coat a 50/50 mix.

The batten relies on just the screws to hold onto the top, no glue used.

Neeed to finish this project, then take a nice break from the shop. Left knee has a bad case of Uncle Arthur (itis) going on. Waiting to see what the Docs intend to do with it…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 09-15-2016 06:04 AM

Saw the pic from below and couldn’t figure it out. Then read that you added a fourth leg and the fog cleared. Looking good, Bandit.

-- God bless, Candy

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