Forge table project

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 01-12-2021 07:21 PM 717 views 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a small table to hold my single burner Hell’s Forge forge. It’s an oak top, ash legs and stretchers, with a salt cedar hub, and walnut wedges, topped with a piece of diamond-plate aluminum to protect it from the heat of the forge. The legs are staked into the top then wedged in place, and the stretchers are staked into the legs.

I blogged the build, so if you’re interested in details of the construction, they’re pretty much all there.

1. The completed table
2. The completed wood bits, with a coat of oil
3. Glued up wood, but no finish
4. Gluing up the undercarriage
5. The turned legs
6. The top

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-12-2021 07:46 PM

I know you built this for a special application and it looks like you made it but if preferances were involved in this post – I TOTALLY prefer it before the aluminum. I thought it looked great without the top

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-12-2021 09:06 PM

FORGEt the workshop DP... make a great vino table where red spillages can simply be wiped off… after chastisement for such wastage.
Like the top… casks (of vino) won’t slip off in earthquake events, potentially interrupting drinking sessions.

Nice job… Great effort on first time legs.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 01-12-2021 09:08 PM

Looks great, Dave!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 01-12-2021 10:08 PM

You’ve done a good job Dave, well done!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 01-12-2021 10:14 PM

Looks great Dave.
You have any pics of the forge?
Especially in action would be cool. Sounds like you are gearing up for more tool smithing.

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#6 posted 01-12-2021 10:21 PM

Thanks, Dick. Without the top, I’d be likely to have no table first time I dropped something hot on there. Well, oak might survive a while, but I’d rather be safe than have to worry about burning down my shop.

Thanks, Ducky. I’m fairly happy with the legs, too. Curvy! Vino seems more likely than tea and scones, but I suspect it’ll be holding fire.

Thanks, Chuck and Peter!

MrWolfe, I had meant to link the forge in the project, but then forgot. Here it is. No action shots yet. I still have to get the refractory in it and set everything up. It’s been sitting in the box it came in for a few months, and I probably won’t start heat-treating things until warmer weather.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-13-2021 12:56 AM

Nice forge table, now for the forge. What do you think your first project will be with the forge?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 01-13-2021 01:25 AM

Well done Dave. Now it’s time to use it and give it some patina.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 01-13-2021 01:36 AM

Nice job Dave. Nothing like building what you need to suit your specific needs.

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#10 posted 01-13-2021 01:47 AM

the contrast of the top and the base is crazy,cant wait too see you forging some beautiful knife dave.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-13-2021 02:24 AM

Thanks, Tom. I’m not sure, but my guess would be heat-treating a blade for some tool I need. I’ve got a few chunks of O1 just waiting for a project.

Thanks, Duck. It’s possible it’ll get some use for the surprise swap. Hafta see what I decide to make.

Thanks, Steve. Plus I got to practice a bunch of skills on a piece of shop furniture, rather than on a real project.

Thanks, Pottz. We’ll have to see. Might be a plane blade, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 01-13-2021 03:40 AM

I had no idea the diamond plate was coming but it perfect for what you intend to use it for. All in all it’s one heck of a table and beats building book cases for a living. LOL. Just kidding. Congrats on a build well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 01-13-2021 03:58 AM

Thanks, Dave. Plus Pottz thinks it’s crazy, so that’s something. ;-)

I had initially wanted a piece of smooth steel plate on top, but they didn’t have any in stock at Homer Depot, so I got the aluminum diamond plate, but now I think that might be a better choice.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 01-13-2021 04:20 AM

Nice table, you won’t have to worry about most spills with it. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 01-13-2021 05:20 AM

Another nice build Dave. Really like the legs and the hub. Just purchased a Devil’s Forge myself. I’m interested to see what you create with yours.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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