A small conference table - the build #3: The top is ready for sanding

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 01-29-2009 02:41 PM 5548 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The full-size table: Gluing up the top Part 3 of A small conference table - the build series Part 4: The top is ready for finish »

From my blog:


Today was time to glue up the two halves of the table top. I trimmed each of the two halves on the table saw, using the crosscut sled. Leaving each half slightly over final length, I tackled the glue-up. Sandy came to the shop to lend a hand, as I did not want clamps moving and lumber falling to the floor.

Three hours late I removed the clamps, scraped the dry glue, and completed preparations for sanding tomorrow. I will drop off this panel at my friend’s shop, and will wait for his call. He requested I write down final thickness, width, and length. I may not be able to share you this part of the job – but I hope to snap some photos of his shop.

Next: I will start milling the walnut legs, in preparation for glue-up; the legs will be 3 inches square, so I must mill two halves, and glue them to prepare the legs for final milling prior to machining the mortises on the FMT. I also have to mill some 4/4 (1-inch, rough) quarter-sawn white oak (QSWO), for the aprons; then to the FMT to machine the tenons.

I purchased gorgeous walnut and QSWO at Simpson & Sons, a large saw mill just South of town. The people at the mill go out of their way to help customers dropping in to buy one board, or a full truck load. Simpson has “… in stock walnut, maple, white oak, red oak, hickory, hackberry, red elm, and ash, and gun and rifle stock blanks. From 4/4 to 8/4 we have all your furniture grade needs. Planing is available on request. Stock lists and price lists are available by fax…”

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-29-2009 04:21 PM

The top is coming along nicely. It is wonderful to have a resource such as Simpson and Sons available. I would love to have a supplier who not only is located close to home but also has such a wide selection of material. (And let’s not forget to mention it is also nice to have a friend with a wide belt sander as well as a wife who doesn’t mind pitching in). :)

Thanks for the update.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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John Gray

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 05:10 PM

Lookin’ GREAT.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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