Sweet Gum Table

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Project by RogerM posted 06-30-2014 02:12 PM 3223 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Table was made from a slab of Sweet Gum rescued from a garage getting ready to be fire wood. Tree was over 100 years old.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 12:27 AM

What a great looking table can you show the legs.keep up the good work.

-- drwoj

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 01:05 AM

Great looking table! I like the design of the legs/stretchers a lot.
And I don’t see a single split/crack in that top! I have given up on trying to make anything from crosscuts like this as mine all crack/split/self destruct!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 01:12 AM

What kind of finish did you use on the top and also can u take a picture of the under side to see legs thank you

-- drwoj

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 01:46 PM

The best photo I have of the legs is the last photo above. Basically, the stretchers are two pieces of wood cut at 6 degree angles on the ends with circular segments cut out so they will intersect in a manner that puts them on the same plane. The ends are dovetailed (on a router table) where they intersect the vertical legs. Pocket holes were drilled at the top of each leg and 2” pocket hole screws were used to fasten the legs to the table top.

The top and bottom were flattened using parallel members fastened to the top of a workbench. A router was used to go back and forth between the members rendering the top close to being flat. After this operation, a belt sander was used to remove the most noticeable defects followed by a couple of days of scraping. After scraping the top was sanded with successive grits on a random orbital sander. Seal Coat was diluted with equal parts of alcohol to seal the top. After curing for eight hours and rubbing down with 600 grit sandpaper 5 coats of polyurethane (semi gloss) diluted with an equal part of mineral spirits was put on the top rubbing and allowed to cure for 8 hours. The final coat was rubbed out with 800 grit sandpaper followed by a coat of finishing wax put on with 0000 steel wool.

I hope this helps. Contact me if you would like more details.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 06:08 PM

Great job roger

-- billA

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