Archive for January, 2014

Sawbuck Table Part 6

January 22, 2014

The top is flattened using a hand plane.  This short sentence represents a lot of work; a commercial cabinet shop would run the top through a huge drum sander.  My advantage is I can listen to bluegrass (Ricky Skaggs) while I work.

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I ebonized the legs using a concoction of vinegar and steel wool.  To deepen the color I added two coats of ebony oil stain.

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Even though I was careful to test my finishing process on scrap boards before finished the top, I still had major problems with streaking.  The problem was the tinted shellac, it was drying too fast in the hot summertime temps.  Lesson learned, don’t try to use shellac on large tops in hot temps.

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I planed off the finish and tried again.  Sometimes you have to eat humble pie.

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After several practice runs on scrap pieces, I was finally able to get a good finish on the top.

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I don’t normally like using much color in my finishes, but I have to admit the effect is pleasing to the eye.

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The finish dried glossier than I anticipated so I dulled it by rubbing it down with 600 grit sandpaper (I forgot to get pictures afterward).

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Sawbuck Table Part 5

January 22, 2014

The legs are connected to the table supports (table rails) with mortise and tenons.

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The legs are rounded over utilizing a handheld router.  The roundover bit will not cut where the legs intersect with each other or the rails due to the diameter of the router bit bearing.  These areas are rounded over by hand using a chisel.

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The top is glued up incrementally two boards at a time, run through the planer, then the sections are glued up to make the top.

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Prior to trimming the top to size I could not resist the temptation to dry assemble the table and set the top on it to see how it looks.  Unfortunately woodworking is not my full time job; it takes a long time to go from drawn plan to completed piece, so this first glimpse of how a project will look is very satisfying.