Octagonal side table #3: Success

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Blog entry by lanwater posted 10-13-2010 07:16 PM 2332 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The octagonal table project is making some progress! I have now successfully routed the leg(not totally satisfied).

I was encountering some problems during the pattern routing of the legs as I described in my last 2 blogs: and

Some of you have seen the problems I was having and gave advise that were very valuable.
Another valuable resource could be found here:

I have attempted to fix some of the tear out I had with a mixture of solutions.

the first solution attempted on one of the legs was to use epoxy and saw dust (from the same wood) the result was pretty good but I did not get the same color. The white Oak got more brown for reason unclear to me yet. Cutting out that small portion of the leg and glueing an equal piece was not successfull. That leg was redone.

On the second leg were the bottom part of it was badly teared, I attempted to cut that portion and re-glue another one, then reroute it. It came out “so-so” so I redid it as well.

The third leg got a crack and a chip out as seen in the picture below. This one I was able to glue it and fill some.

The final result is 4 leg that I can use. I still need to cut 2 rabbets at the top and sand.

I now move to refinishing the table top: That’s another challange.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 07:44 PM

Hi Ian,
Thank you for the tips, I know nothing about routing so this was very recoursefull to me.
Now I really have to work on my router table.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 09:21 PM

Looks like you’re getting the hanghose of it, guy. Those are some wild looking legs. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 10:08 PM

Mafe: The one tip that I got when I started routing and the most important: Keep your fingers out of the way. I believe you are being modest. Your work reflect many talents.

BigTiny: My wife says that with the time I spent on it I could have bought many tables. I am hoping that by the time I am done it does not turned into a disaster.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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