Replacement Tabletop

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Project by TZH posted 09-01-2016 10:00 PM 2078 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile back, I shared a project I really screwed up on. It made the daily top three (Really Don't Like My Photographer) which I’m almost ashamed to admit since it wound up being something that had to be replaced. The expansion and contraction cracks I caused with my own lack of experience doing something like that were so bad I could see all the way through them to the floor underneath. Yeah, they were that bad!

I thought I’d get a bit of advice in a forum topic (In my own no sympathy for stupidity Department), and, after a whole lot of really good thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations from fellow LJ’ers, I was ready to get going.

I’m not sure if a replacement tabletop qualifies as a new project, so if I’m in violation of LJ rules and regs, I’d ask the admins to delete this post and let me know where it needs to be.

Anyway, if anyone is interested, I’ve also done a six part series of blog posts in my own Google Blog (Starting Over --- Part 1) detailing what I did to get to the end product shown in the two photos.

The only thing I have left to do is a bunch of research on how to touch up a couple of minor little blemishes in the flood pour before delivery to the very patient, very understanding client in this debacle. Oh, yeah….and then I gotta make those touch ups, too!

All comments welcome.
Thanks for looking.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 09-01-2016 10:07 PM

well weve all been their and done it but as long as you learn and improve its not a bad thing.that is one nice redo though im sure your client is going to be happy and forgive.great job i like the base with the rustic top makes a nice contrast.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 09-01-2016 10:08 PM

I think we all have a couple of these things happen. Great recovery.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-02-2016 12:07 AM

Nice top. It is an official project!!. That top sure shines!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-02-2016 12:24 AM

Whatever you researched and studied …. paid off BIG TIME. That top is gorgeous and I’m sure you learned a great deal in the process. Your customer will be delighted!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 09-02-2016 01:38 AM

We are our own worst critics sometimes. It looks great, you learned something out of a screw up so again a win. Have a drink and admire the handywork.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 09-02-2016 03:06 AM

great looking table top – love the shine!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 09-02-2016 04:41 AM

Didn’t see the first one, this one is very impressive with the colors of the wood, now I will try and find the first one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 09-02-2016 01:35 PM

very nice

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#9 posted 09-02-2016 01:49 PM

bushmaster, the link is in the text of my post above on this project.

Oops….(edited to add): just saw you’d found the first one. My bad.

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words and comments.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#10 posted 09-02-2016 04:01 PM

Customer Satisfaction should be the ‘Credo’ of any business worth their ‘salt’.

In all walks of Life, things happen, and the bottom line is still ‘Customer Satisfaction’,
where ‘Word of Mouth Advertising’, both good and bad, reigns supreme.

You did your customer a solid service. Good for you and for your future business.

Best Regards. Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 09-03-2016 12:07 AM

Great rebound and excellent final result. Great looking table and stand. Love this piece.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 09-03-2016 04:27 AM

IT looks great. I think it looks even better than the orginal (assuming its going on the same base. This one has a more natural flow to its lines. The ‘bread board’ ends on the original kind of broke up the flow.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 09-07-2016 03:04 AM

Nice job!

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#14 posted 09-24-2016 10:32 PM

Just read through your “Starting Over” series, and it was well worth reading for all of your insights and tips. This replacement top sure looks like a winner.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 10-02-2016 02:56 PM

Well, new replacement tabletop is a hit! The client liked it as much, if not better than, the original! That’s the good news! Well, there’s actually no bad news, but one more little tweak needs to get done before I’m fully satisfied with the end result.

Securing the tabletop to the pedestal was something I was a little worried about because it wasn’t as thick as the original and the screws I used for that were too long for the new one. So, shorter screws got used and they stripped out when screwing them in. That wasn’t going to work for me, so it wasn’t going to work for the client either.

Buddy, Mike (pictured in the second photo below), and I strategized on the way home and came up with something we believe will be the final problem solved with this seemingly endless project!

BTW,. thanks for all your help, Mike! I owe you a bottle (not saying of what, but I owe you one fer sure)!

Photos of the end result to come when the final problem gets addressed and, hopefully, solved!

Thanks, everyone, for your comments, compliments, suggestions, and recommendations (from this post and the previous one, as well).


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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