Coffee table

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Project by Andy Block posted 05-06-2015 06:14 AM 1159 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A young friend of mine works in lumber sales and had been setting aside some nicely figured maple for me. When he delivered it I asked him what he and his new wife would like made for them. After consulting with a higher authority he said a coffee table, which was perfect as that was about as far as the wood would go.

After doing the glue up I was having a tough time getting the table top flat as each board seemed to have developed a mind of it’s own. I went to visit a local tool dealer that sells Lie-Nielsen and he recommended the #62. The trick he said is to use a blade with a serrated edge and plane across the grain. It took a whole day of planing to get it flat, and the plane’s performance was excellent.

The mortises and tenons were made with the Leigh Industries FMT Pro Jig, which makes clean tight joints. This was a first for me as I usually hand cut them. This is an incredible jig.

My young friend and his lovely wife really like this unique one of a kind table.

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 12:40 PM

Thank you for the follow up! This is a beautiful coffee table.

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 01:56 AM

Very nice! I love the grain pattern in the wood.

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 05:05 AM

Thanks for your feedback on the coffee table. There were a few questions/ comments. One was – planning all day – perhaps I could have used a more aggressive cut, which is probably true. I was concerned that I might rip up the wood. It has been my experience that being too aggressive with a plane or power tools can create other problems, which can be pretty ugly at times. A traditional woodworker teacher of mine who is a Krenov-trained protégé once said to me, ‘you are a weekend woodworker doing it for enjoyment, so what’s the rush. Don’t force it, take your time, it’s far more enjoyable and the results are usually better.’ I still want to thank for the suggestion and next time I will give the wheel another turn and see how it sounds and feels.

After I flattened it with the #62 I went right to a sander. Again which is not something I would usually do. While I was purchasing the 62 I got to talking about sanders with the sales person. I was very frustrated with the recent Dewalt and Mikita palm sanders that I had been using for several years as they performed poorly and did not stand-up well. In fairness to Mikita my old palm sander was stellar. The sales person demonstrated a Mirka sanding system which includes a vacuum attachment and the abrasive is a mesh. There is no dust and it is quiet enough that you don’t need ear protection. It works marvelously and finished the job nicely..

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