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Project by Andybb posted 04-27-2022 07:00 PM 661 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest son is building a new house and asked if I’d build him a table. I’ve had this 2” thick slab for a few years now that I inherited from a late member. I’ve been on the fence about what to do with it because it’s a little too cupped to spend the money to take it down to the mill and have it flattened and then be too thin to use as a good table. What I’ve decided to do is to try and use what I have on hand and cut it into three boards that will fit in my 13-inch planer. Doing it this way the boards ended up being 1.85” thick. It’s about 8’ long and 38” at its widest end. I’m sure it’s got some bow, cup, etc but I think a trip to the mill will fix that. I’m hoping to get 1 3/4” thickness, then bring it home, add some c-channels, a Rubio finish, and some nice legs from my guy in Latvia.

First real chance to use my Domino. Love it. I must be getting better at this. I spent the last year acquiring tools and organizing the shop. My brain was ready for a multi-day job but it was done in 6 hours.

-- Andy - Seattle USA





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#1 posted 04-27-2022 07:08 PM

Well thought out solution. Be sure to show us the finished table. Seeing your others, I would expect it to be equally amazing.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#2 posted 04-27-2022 07:11 PM



Well thought out solution. Be sure to show us the finished table. Seeing your others, I would expect it to be equally amazing.

- SuperJoe


Thanks. Funny. I was just sitting in the shop the other night and the idea of how to “maybe” do it just came to me.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 04-27-2022 07:15 PM

gorgeous

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

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#4 posted 04-28-2022 01:47 AM

Agreed, it is really pretty!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 04-28-2022 02:13 AM

That was an impressive slab. Too bad it could not be used whole. Good solution to the problem at hand.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 04-28-2022 02:55 AM

nice table shaping up buddy.but what is that wood ?

-- 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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#7 posted 04-28-2022 05:43 AM


nice table shaping up buddy.but what is that wood ?

- pottz


Thanks. Maple. Subspecies spaltus figurus. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 04-28-2022 06:16 AM


nice table shaping up buddy.but what is that wood ?

- pottz

Thanks. Maple. Subspecies spaltus figurus. :-)

- Andybb

Wait! I take that back. It might not be maple. I just assumed that it was because Scott always had access to maple. On closer inspection, the light-colored part in the center of the tree is spalted and a little punky and has reddish patches that may actually be the original color of the tree like the outside of the slab. Those black patches are smooth as glass and hard as a rock in the middle of the spalt.

Any ideas on what kind of wood it could be? It’s local to the Pacific NW.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 04-28-2022 04:28 PM



That was an impressive slab. Too bad it could not be used whole. Good solution to the problem at hand.

- swirt


It worked out. I really only lost the width of 2 kerfs and they matched up just fine.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 04-30-2022 08:49 PM

Well, she’s pretty much flat and not warped. A little daylight on the left side but I know want that was and won’t make that mistake again. But it’s flat enough that it might not need to go to the mill.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 04-30-2022 09:19 PM

looks great,id call it good andy!

-- 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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#12 posted 05-01-2022 08:57 PM


looks great,id call it good andy!

- pottz


Well, neither of us has seen the underside yet. I have this semi-retirement gig idea where I use my Shaper to do a couple of hardwood floor inlays and make a couple of tables a month but I’ve got to get the tools and technique refined. We tree huggers here in the PNW love (and will pay for) anything made of reclaimed local timber. One thing I feel I’ve got to be able to do, quality-wise, is to get them absolutely flat. I’d like to be able to do that without having to take them to the mill. It’s about a 45 min drive. If I lived closer I’d gladly pay the $125. I hate doing the router sled thing. Been there, done that pain in the patooty. I’ve got to start with as flat a stock as I can get I think. Just bought this 11 inch Gem sander with a shroud. I also have the Bosch version of the Rotex 6”. That’s the most $ I’m willing to throw at it for now. If it turns out that I can’t get them flat at home I’ll just have to take them in but I think it’s doable with the right prep. As they say, you can’t get a clear picture from a fuzzy negative.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 05-01-2022 09:37 PM

now that looks like it will remove some wood fast.

-- 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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#14 posted 05-02-2022 11:26 AM

Great save Andy. It looks really nice!

-- AJ

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