I was up until 5:00 AM. Yea, 5 AM.
I was gonna work on my table all day today but I got called into work because my boss is sick. I really wanted to work on my table so I thought I would do a little woodworking last night before bed. Well, a little turned into a lot. The hours flew by and when I looked at the clock and it said 5. I was pretty sure that 5 PM had passed long ago… yup, it had. Anyway, here are a few photos I took but I sort of forgot to pick up the camera most of the time… sorry.
Cutting the curves: I bent a scrap of hardwood in a clamp and tied a string between both ends to keep it bowed.
Then I clamped it down to my apron and drew the curves:
And then cut them on the bandsaw:
I started sanding for a while and then said to myself… “what am I thinking? This is stupid. I’m gonna get my scraper.” So I scraped all the legs and apron pieces.
Anyway, I wasted about 45 minutes sanding (and only got about half way done) before I decided to start over with a scraper. It took me about 1/2 hour to finish all the parts (legs and apron) with the scraper.
I glued up the legs and apron in three stages with epoxy. Here is the first stage:
Here is the final glue up:
The table top did need to be sanded because of that cat-fur-like Mahogany. So I spent 45 minutes or so stepping down grits, etc. Then I beveled the edges on my router table with a 45 deg chamfer bit. (Sorry no photos for any of this.)
Finally I made my “buttons” and fastened the table to the legs:
I couldn’t resist wiping the top down with some oil before calling it a night (or morning).
I am still going to sand that top quite a bit more. I am going to step it down to at least 600 grit for a glassy smooth finish.
Anyway, I’m pretty much done with the table… now I just have to make those bent lamination arches.
Another 7 1/2 hours this morning. Total project time: 18 hours
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