JD Lohr Woodworking School table -- finishing up at home #1: Walnut inlays

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Blog entry by ben posted 02-18-2008 02:46 AM 5810 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As mentioned here, I did most of the work of building a breakfast table as part of a class. The base is sanded and ready for finishing, but the top needed more work. Inlay channels were already cut during the class, and the table departed looking like this:

Still to do: cut/glue/plane walnut inlays to length, sand the top-top w/ 80 grit before routing top and bottom table edges, sand the whole top, and finish. So here is step one. My intent was to have the routing and sanding done today, but an error (and other tasks) put a crimp into those plans, so here is what I’ve got:

Inlays cut and glued:

Inlays planed down:

Inlay planing oops:

Right now, there is a tiny triangular chip of wood glued and clamped into that mistake… in an hour or so I’ll gently take some sand paper to it to see where I am.

And wood porn for the plane enthusiasts in the crowd:


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#1 posted 02-18-2008 02:53 AM

Nice job with the inlays. Looks like you worked around the oops very well. I usually use a plane until the inlay is just proud of the surface and then go to the card scraper. This will be a great looking table when finished.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 02:56 AM

I agree…looking good so far!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 04:52 AM

Lookin’ good. I’m taking a class too. I’ve been refining my design in SU all day… I was going to make some nice shavings like that but that hasn’t happened.

What brand of plane is that?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 05:05 AM

This is looking real good. I am anxious to see the final product.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-18-2008 05:06 AM

jtww—my problem wasn’t the plane so much as me getting stupid. I had put off that last inlay, since it was being very grain directional, even with the plane, and had 2 opposing directions to boot. I had tuned the blade to nearly non cutting and finally got it going, and got overzealous and just slammed through the edge. I should have either tried the scraper, or maybe even just gone to the orbital sand paper at that point, but got impatient.

jeff—it’s the veritas LA block plane. I have 3 old used planes (nos. 4, 5 and 6—2 millers falls and one stanley), and one shiney new one…


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#6 posted 02-18-2008 05:49 AM

ah yes, very nice. I didn’t realize the shoulders on the block planes had the cool circles in them too.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#7 posted 02-18-2008 07:05 AM

Nice looking inlays! I’m getting ready to do some also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 02-22-2008 10:20 PM

Great looking table. The inlays are impressive.

-- 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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#9 posted 02-23-2008 02:22 AM

Thanks for the commentary. I just put my “test piece” of BLO soaked wood in the basement, to make sure we can stand the smell for a couple days, since it’s way too cold to do any finishing outside right now. Either way, tomorrow morning, the whole thing gets the BLO coat, which I will be following up with the original Waterlox formula. (This is the route that Jeff Lohr uses on all of his pieces, so I figure I’ll start with that.)

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#10 posted 04-29-2008 01:12 AM

very beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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