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I blogged about the building of this little staked table so if you want details of the construction, that's probably the best place to go.

Briefly, the table consists of turned ash legs, staked into two pine battens, which are attached to the bottom of the pine top. Finish was three coats of shellac, followed by two coats of enamel.

Photos are:
  1. The table in its final home, on our portale, leading to our front door.
  2. The table with the first coat of shellac on it.
  3. The battens and legs, assembled.
  4. The table top before any shaping.
  5. The turned table legs.
  6. The initial sketched plan.

Thanks for looking!

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Looks great. I'll have to dig into your blog for more on the purpose of the 3 coats shellac before the enamel. Finishing is an area I need to learn SO MUCH more.
 

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I didn't discuss that, Barb. But we're out of primer, so I needed something to prep the wood for the enamel. Three coats of shellac (2, then a light sanding, then another) smoothed and sealed the surface, and I know enamel will stick to shellac, because everything sticks to shellac.
 

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Really looks great painted, real southwestern in appearance. Nice work.
 

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Thanks, Tom! My sweetie's happy with it, too!
 

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Kinda funny looking mistleltoe !
But the little table looks nice
 

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You did a good job on the little table Dave!
 

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cute little table, I didn't follow the blog so the hand holes in the middle shall remain a mystery
 

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That's about a years worth of chiles, Rob. We pluck them from the ristra and toss them into food.

Thanks, Peter!

Dick, the hand-holes mostly make it easier to move around one-handed.
 

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Nice little table, Dave. A fitting turquoise color for NM, and great-looking on your portale. I own a lathe, but don't use it too often. This would be the perfect kind of project to brush-up on my skills.

I grew up in NM and the hanging ristras feels like home to me. I sure do miss the Hatch green chile harvest at the end of summer.
 

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Nice table and the color is good. Nice work.
 

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Thanks, Ross! The turned legs on this table were entirely because I needed to improve my spindle turning. And at 19" long, there weren't any major issues with them flexing as I was turning. Pretty easy and satisfying skill-builder.

For the first time since moving here, I bought a bunch (five baggies) of fresh-roasted chiles, cleaned them, and froze them for use over the winter. It won't be a whole winter's worth of green chiles, but I figured out a few things to do better next year. And I sent Pottz a box of red chiles and a ristra to satisfy his cravings. Happy to do the same if you need a fix.

Thanks, Ron! We picked that color to renew my five-board-bench which also sits on the portale. It's a sea-green or some such, rather than a true turquoise, but we thought it popped better next to the ristra last year.
 

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Nice table Dave!
 

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simply just love the color and the table looks very nice on patio or portale GREAT JOB :<)))))) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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Thanks, Steve!

Thanks, Tony! My sweetie thinks it came out GRRR8 too!
 

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Buen trabajo!
 

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Nice table, good work Dave.
 

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Thanks, Tony! My sweetie thinks it came out GRRR8 too!

- Dave Polaschek
well she picked you so i know she has GR8 TASTE :<)))))))
 

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Like Ross said appropriate color for the So West.

If you travel through the south west Ariz, and NM you see those pepper clusters hanging at trading posts, restaurants, etc.

Rob it's called a So. Western Mistletoe. :). Also called Ristras.

I like the columns on your portico Dave.
 

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Nice-looking table! I envy your skills.
 

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Thanks, Ross! The turned legs on this table were entirely because I needed to improve my spindle turning. And at 19" long, there weren't any major issues with them flexing as I was turning. Pretty easy and satisfying skill-builder.

For the first time since moving here, I bought a bunch (five baggies) of fresh-roasted chiles, cleaned them, and froze them for use over the winter. It won't be a whole winter's worth of green chiles, but I figured out a few things to do better next year. And I sent Pottz a box of red chiles and a ristra to satisfy his cravings. Happy to do the same if you need a fix.

- Dave Polaschek
Thanks for the offer - I'll keep that in mind! We used to watch for the semi trailers full of chiles that would setup in parking lots around Albuquerque. They would roast a bushel for you on-the-spot. What an aroma!
 
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