Little Staked Table

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 10-08-2021 02:19 AM 957 views 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I blogged about the building of this little staked table so if you want details of the construction, that’s probably the best place to go.

Briefly, the table consists of turned ash legs, staked into two pine battens, which are attached to the bottom of the pine top. Finish was three coats of shellac, followed by two coats of enamel.

Photos are:
  1. The table in its final home, on our portale, leading to our front door.
  2. The table with the first coat of shellac on it.
  3. The battens and legs, assembled.
  4. The table top before any shaping.
  5. The turned table legs.
  6. The initial sketched plan.

Thanks for looking!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 10-08-2021 02:41 AM

Looks great. I’ll have to dig into your blog for more on the purpose of the 3 coats shellac before the enamel. Finishing is an area I need to learn SO MUCH more.

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#2 posted 10-08-2021 02:53 AM

I didn’t discuss that, Barb. But we’re out of primer, so I needed something to prep the wood for the enamel. Three coats of shellac (2, then a light sanding, then another) smoothed and sealed the surface, and I know enamel will stick to shellac, because everything sticks to shellac.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 10-08-2021 02:54 AM

Really looks great painted, real southwestern in appearance. Nice work.

-- "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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#4 posted 10-08-2021 03:02 AM

Thanks, Tom! My sweetie’s happy with it, too!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 10-08-2021 04:53 AM

Kinda funny looking mistleltoe !
But the little table looks nice

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 10-08-2021 09:16 AM

You did a good job on the little table Dave!

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

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#7 posted 10-08-2021 10:19 AM

cute little table, I didn’t follow the blog so the hand holes in the middle shall remain a mystery

-- 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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#8 posted 10-08-2021 11:04 AM

That’s about a years worth of chiles, Rob. We pluck them from the ristra and toss them into food.

Thanks, Peter!

Dick, the hand-holes mostly make it easier to move around one-handed.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 10-08-2021 12:03 PM

Nice little table, Dave. A fitting turquoise color for NM, and great-looking on your portale. I own a lathe, but don’t use it too often. This would be the perfect kind of project to brush-up on my skills.

I grew up in NM and the hanging ristras feels like home to me. I sure do miss the Hatch green chile harvest at the end of summer.

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#10 posted 10-08-2021 12:16 PM

Nice table and the color is good. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#11 posted 10-08-2021 12:26 PM

Thanks, Ross! The turned legs on this table were entirely because I needed to improve my spindle turning. And at 19” long, there weren’t any major issues with them flexing as I was turning. Pretty easy and satisfying skill-builder.

For the first time since moving here, I bought a bunch (five baggies) of fresh-roasted chiles, cleaned them, and froze them for use over the winter. It won’t be a whole winter’s worth of green chiles, but I figured out a few things to do better next year. And I sent Pottz a box of red chiles and a ristra to satisfy his cravings. Happy to do the same if you need a fix.

Thanks, Ron! We picked that color to renew my five-board-bench which also sits on the portale. It’s a sea-green or some such, rather than a true turquoise, but we thought it popped better next to the ristra last year.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 10-08-2021 01:23 PM

Nice table Dave!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 10-08-2021 01:48 PM

simply just love the color and the table looks very nice on patio or portale GREAT JOB :<)))))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 10-08-2021 02:11 PM

Thanks, Steve!

Thanks, Tony! My sweetie thinks it came out GRRR8 too!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 10-08-2021 02:17 PM

Buen trabajo!

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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