Twin Tenon Arts and Crafts Dining Table #2: Long Arched Rails, and Tabletop

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 08-24-2012 02:20 AM 3607 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Frame components and tabletop Part 2 of Twin Tenon Arts and Crafts Dining Table series Part 3: Breadboard Ends »

After pattern routing the long arched rails, it was time to turn my attention to the top. I started with 6/4 stock, all from the same log. Biscuits were placed every 6” to help with alignment and add strength. I once did an experiment with biscuits – joined two boards with biscuits (no glue) and soaked them in water for a while. I took it around to each family member to see if they could pull the boards apart—- and none could. I took the top over to Creative Woodworking NW in Portland, OR to have it drum sanded. They have a combination planer / drum sander that will handle 50” widths. I had it sanded at 120 and 180 grits, and it came out perfectly flat and smooth.

The top finished out at about 1-1/4” thick, which pleases my eye. Much thicker, and it needs a massive base to visually support the top.

That drum sander sure made my job easier.

Next up will be the breadboard ends and mounting the top.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 02:48 AM

That’s coming along nicely. The figure in the top should finish out nicely too!

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 12:40 PM

Absolutely beautifu, Willie. I really like the design. Can’t wait to see the finished version.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 08:06 PM

Whatever it cost to run that tabletop through the drum sander was worth it. That white oak is gonna pop so nicely with some finish on it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 08:19 PM

Yes, that drum sander saved a good days work. I like to use it for large tabletops or projects where the grain is all running the same direction.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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