The taming of the table.

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Project by TD Bridges posted 04-12-2011 02:45 AM 1709 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a while back on here I asked advice about restoring my 100+ year old dining table that belonged to my 2x great grandmother.

The table was put into storage after it had been used as a saw horse and had three skill saw cuts put into the top. Two cuts across grain and one with the grain.

Well I decided to cut 1/16th width strips off some good oak pieces I had laying around and got them glued in place. The last photo is after some 120g sanding with my random orbital sander.

Just a word here about the Random orbit sander… WHERE THE HECK WAS THIS THING WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WOODSHOP?! I had played around with the sander after I got it a couple of years ago but this is the first serious job I have used it on and all I can say is that I am in love and a ROS will always hold a place of honor and respect in my shop. Slinking away now, bowing to the ROS muttering underbreath I am not worthy, I am not worthy.

Anyway what got me going on this was a lot of unexpected time off due to diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma. Am gonna try to go back to work soon but I want to get as much done on this as possible. Tomorrow I am gonna get those dagnabbed square nuts of the leg bolts so that I can get the bottom fully disassembled. Am debating as to whether or not to completely disassemble the top but I would imagine that I will.

Well lots more sanding to go for a few days but with my trusty ROS it will actually be enjoyable not tedious

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 04:39 AM

Nice job on the table top.Good luck and know that there are lots of LJs praying for your rapid recovery.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 01:00 PM

looking forward to the finished table :-)
you got a good start

take care

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 04:26 PM


Good job on the repair to the surface of the table.

Sorry to hear about the health issue. Best wishes, thoughts and prayers for your treament and recovery.

Please keep us updated on both the table and your health.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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