Trestle Table for Dining Room #5: God & Nature conspiring against me...

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Blog entry by scopemonkey posted 05-30-2010 09:28 PM 5599 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Planing, Lots of planing..... Part 5 of Trestle Table for Dining Room series Part 6: Base Dry Fit »

Unfortunately, it has been a while since I did any meaningful work on the table. I was hoping to take the top to a friends workplace to use their widebelt sander, but a family tragedy occurred and I didn’t want to impose myself during their time of grief. My daytime job has me working weekends and it has been raining non-stop. Oh, so is life.

Since the last update, I hand planed the ends flush to the top and hand sawed them flush to the edges, then routed a roundover profile around the entire thing. I broke out the belt and RO sander and carefully finished the final sanding.

During all of this, my makeshift assembly table (a very big solid core door and a set of saw horses) collapsed and my hand plane nose dived into the top making a VERY big dent and gouge (the door shifted off the saw horse as I wasn’t paying attention during my planing). I steamed the dent back out but there was a significant chunk of wood missing. This was solved with an inlaid walnut dutchman to fix the defect. I then did a symmetric pattern to make it look like a “new design feature.” The first coat of oil is on, and looks pretty good so far.

First coat of oilFirst Coat of Oil

Dutchman repairDutchman & Steam Repair

Breadboard endBreadboard End

The table is as flat as I think I can get it with my hand tools. I start working on the base next. We worked out a design and full scale drawing for the base and I got a 10/4 rough slab of air dried VG fir from my local wood monger. I’ve made my offerings to the Gods, and hopefully the next phase will go a bit smoother.

Flat topAs Flat As I Can Make It!

Fresh wood...Fresh Wood….

Base PlansScale Drawing

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 10:00 PM

It sure looks great from here tight joinery and cool inlay.


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