Thorsen Table contest #5: quirks and veneer

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Blog entry by scottb posted 05-17-2007 03:36 AM 1134 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a few unexpected hours to myself this afternoon – turned that into some useful shop time – and got one step closer to having that old door look a little more like a table!

I put the big glueup block o’ leg onto the tablesaw and attempted to cut them down nice and square – with as thin a veneer left as possible. The seperating was easy, the fine tuning also went better than expected, just a slow and careful process.

I should have made 5 legs, as I messed up the second, somehow cutting slightly askew and revealing some face grain. Luckily, this process gave me plenty of thin strips, so a new veneer was applied.

Had I messed up again, I'd have set the veneers aside and glued them on after assembly (to hide any joinery perfectly, rather than using plugs... but alas the other 3 turned out just fine, quirks and all.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 05-17-2007 04:09 AM

Scott -

Looks great! Looking forward to your table.


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#2 posted 05-17-2007 06:03 AM

Great job Scott.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 05-17-2007 06:06 AM

I can see a table in your future! Looking good.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 05-17-2007 11:20 AM

Getting closer but not much time.LOL! Nothing like pressure is there? LOL! Looks good right now.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 05-17-2007 12:38 PM

it won’t be long and we’ll be down to “hours” !!! :)

sounds like the legs process went rather smoothly. (also sounds like a LOT of work!)
Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 05-18-2007 06:14 AM

I really like what your doing with that door-wood Scott. I’m looking forward to see the table. (is that fir?)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 05-18-2007 06:20 AM

Could be fir, could be clear pine. Hard to say for sure… My FIL is good with wood ID, I’ll check with him.

One interior door I stripped is oak, but if this is clear pine, is more tightly grained than any other trim in the house of the same “vintage”. It’s possible that this door is over 100 years old. The house is 127. With mostly Ash floors, the entry hall is maple, any original trim I’ve stripped (everything was painted) is old knotty pine.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 05-18-2007 11:37 PM

Hey BIL, can you spare a clamp. You just have a few I see.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 05-19-2007 04:06 AM

I may have a couple not being used… if you can find em, you can use ‘em.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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