Pedestal Table with a story

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Project by HumanFeatherboard posted 02-04-2021 04:27 PM 779 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thought I’d share a picture of a dinette table I made several years ago along with the story of a Journeyman’s mistake I committed during the project and how I recovered from it.

Inspired by a design from someone’s gallery, I set out to see if I could produce something similar. I was very happy with how the project was progressing until I got well into the finishing process when something didn’t look right. Laying a straight edge across the top revealed that there was a 1/2” – 3/4” cup in it. Come to find out the infeed table of my jointer was out of whack by a small amount creating the cumulative error. I thought about trying to flatten it with my 22” Veritas plane but with the amount of stock I’d have to remove, the result would be a non uniform table thickness which not only would look bad but wouldn’t work at all with the edge routing I had already done. So before I bit the bullet to replace it, I figured I’d have nothing to lose by trying to bend it. I had no prior experience bending wood and have always read that kiln dried lumber is not conducive to being bent even in a steam box. In this case, I’d be attempting to bend it at room temperature. To do so, I constructed a bending jig using angle iron, clamps and shims. Recognizing there’d be a fair amount of spring-back, I flexed it as far as I could without running the risk of cracking the assembly – probably 3-4x the amount of correction I was looking to achieve. I left it in that jig for about a week, and when I removed it it sprung back to a very acceptable flat state. Beginner’s luck, no doubt. Still not convinced that there wouldn’t be some residual memory in the wood, I finished the piece and put it into service, fully prepared to redo it down the road if it warped again. That was 10 years ago, and it remains flat as a pancake. I’ve successfully used that cold bending technique since then on things like ornery cabinet doors that decided to warp at some point in their lives.

Lesson learned, now whenever I run any stock through my cheap 6” jointer, I always run a machinist’s square down the fence first.

-- HFB

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#1 posted 02-04-2021 05:15 PM

Did you buy a lottery ticket too?

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#2 posted 02-04-2021 05:34 PM

many… over the years. wish I had that money back.

-- HFB

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#3 posted 02-04-2021 09:58 PM

Very pretty table! I like the design very well.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 02-04-2021 10:05 PM

Thanks ralbuck, as I stated above it was inspired by another’s gallery (read copied!). Was fun to make, jointer mistake notwithstanding. Tapered hexagonal pedestal had some interesting angles.

-- HFB

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#5 posted 02-05-2021 02:53 AM

Beautiful work!!

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

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#6 posted 02-05-2021 06:19 PM

Beautiful project. Well done! Good job over coming those build problems….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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