Working with recycled timber #69: Cable Drum Table Making the legs Frame and preparing the Top

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 03-08-2017 08:04 AM 3049 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was up and away early this morning as I wanted to see how bad the twist in the table top was going to be.

So I unclamped everything and had a look, its a bit raggedy up on one end and down on the other

Just workable for an outside table but certainly not a feature you would want on the dining room floor.

The legs:
Fairly simple process here cut them square to 750mm length.

The frame:

Again I applied the KISS principle and butt jointed a rectangular frame and then used 100mm decking screws to hold everything together on the frame .

Then I used 75mm decking screws for attaching each leg to the frame.

Sat the table top on top of it all and had another look at the twist defect.

I wasnt 100% happy with it but pressed on and profiled the ends for a final decision then to continue.

I made a jig to curve the ends using a router and template following bit.

Next was the task of plugging the six bolt holes, to do this I cut plugs from the off cuts to match the grain as closely as possible.

Another reasonably simple task select some timber cut a plug with the hole saw, minus the pilot bit, then apply glue orient them and pound them in

I cannot do much about the iron stain it will have to be a “feature”.

I did another check on the twist in the top and although it was still present I decided the top would turn out OK in its designed role.

So I attached it to the frame using pocket hole fixing.

So now on with the sanding and general tiidy up of the top, all very boring and non exciting task so we will skip over it apart from reporting I used 80 grit to start then finished with 120 grit

Here it is sanded and all the nail holes filled at this stage.

After the filler dried and I sanded it again I used Sikkens to stain everything.

Leave it to dry overnight now

And thats a wrap for today.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-08-2017 08:40 AM

My goodness me Rob, You sure work fast getting the table done; and YES it looks great as well as sturdy…

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

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 03-08-2017 08:50 AM

It looks nice, Rob. Very nice.
But, I have this to say about
“I cannot do much about the iron stain it will have to be a ‘feature’.”
Nay, nay, good sir. Oxalic Acid will take the iron stains out. Mebbees, even vinegar.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 03-08-2017 09:14 AM

Thanks Mark thats one for the Handy hints notebook, in the mean time I am going to do some test runs on some of the off cuts

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 03-08-2017 02:37 PM

id just call it character rob,no worries.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 03-09-2017 12:53 AM

Looks great.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 03-09-2017 03:05 PM

Rob, the curved ends and the thick top give this a nice look. The routed rim takes the rough look away and makes it into a nice piece of furniture. You have a great eye for style. Will the legs have enough strength with no angle braces?

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 03-11-2017 10:27 PM

Very COOL…

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