Mesquite Slab Table

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Blog series by builtinbkyn updated 05-06-2018 02:38 PM 5 parts 8358 reads 87 comments total

Part 1: Cleaning up the slab

04-16-2018 07:11 PM by builtinbkyn | 29 comments »

Last week I picked up a really nice looking slab of mesquite from Rockler of all places. It’s nice and flat and 1.5”x18”x62” roughly. Thought before I went ahead and started work on a much larger slab table using the book-matched honeylocust slabs I have for my dining table, I’d get a feel for how this work would proceed and the trials and tribulations I will obviously encounter along the way. I could use a cocktail table in the TV room, so that’s the pl...

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Part 2: Working Without a Plan.......

04-20-2018 10:47 PM by builtinbkyn | 6 comments »

....and having fun doing so. This morning before I had to break for contractor visits, I was able to get a coat of Hope’s Tung Oil thinned by 50% with mineral spirits, on the top. This afternoon about 8hrs later, I hit it with some 000 steel wool and gave it another coat that was thinned by a quarter. I’m starting to like what I see. I should be able to get a third, but full strength coat on tonight after the hockey game. Then after kicking around a few ideas and seeing...

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Part 3: No Looking Back

04-25-2018 04:39 AM by builtinbkyn | 5 comments »

This simple table has proved to be more difficult than I anticipated – partly because I’m doing a lot of it with hand tools and my skill set doesn’t allow me to do it without having to think about every step twice – and also because the simple elements aren’t a simple as they appear. Well for me at least. The top was more work than I could have imagined and it’s not even finished yet. I have put four coats of tung oil on and it’s still soaking it...

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Part 4: Sneak Peek

04-25-2018 08:31 PM by builtinbkyn | 26 comments »

I still have a way to go but I thought I’d post a sneak peek of where I arrived at in terms of design. As of now, the slab just sits atop the two walnut uprights without any form of connection. Since I flattened the underside of the slab as well as the finished side, it’s rock solid and doesn’t move unless the top is picked up. I thought I might use wedged thru mortises of some kind to keep everything stable and connected, but the mesquite is actually pretty heavy and d...

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Part 5: Finish Finished and Done

05-06-2018 02:38 PM by builtinbkyn | 21 comments »

I had a number of appointments with contractors of various trades over the past week and even had some painting started here in the house. Unfortunately I had to ask the painters to stop work. I guess anyone that can hold a paint brush considers themselves a painter. I’m actually dumbfounded by the lack of skilled tradesman here in Pittsburgh and the lack of responsiveness from many of the contractors I’ve attempted to contact for work. Some don’t respond to calls and so...

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