Opposing Arch Table #5: I Pulled an All-Nighter

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Blog entry by Blake posted 10-21-2008 10:59 PM 1906 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

-- Happy woodworking!

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Bill Akins

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#1 posted 10-21-2008 11:02 PM

Now thats a beautiful table.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 10-21-2008 11:20 PM

Gtreat Blake. Sorry for having to go to work. Just think what you could have done with having to replace your boss.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-21-2008 11:29 PM

really prety I like the design and dimensions would look good in my hall well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 10-21-2008 11:30 PM

Great Blog Blake!!! Working all night is better then drinking all night.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 10-21-2008 11:34 PM

Only 18 hours! Beautiful table! ...and the going to work part, well maybe we all can work and do what we what someday.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 10-21-2008 11:36 PM


Woodworking + staying up all night = projects

Staying up all night + Drinking = no projects

Drinking + Woodworking = no fingers

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 12:10 AM

Blake you are both totally dedicated and crazy. Did all the cupcakes keep you going in the early morning? This is fantastic! Did you cut mortises in the aprons to accept the wood buttons? I love the delicate scale of this piece.

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#8 posted 10-22-2008 12:36 AM

I just made slots with my trim router and a rabbet bit.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 10-22-2008 12:41 AM

Insane man! You are a machine! Looks great so far. The bent-lam accents are really gonna set it off!

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#10 posted 10-22-2008 12:42 AM

Blake. I’ve used a biscuit jointer to cut the slots before. It does a great job also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 10-22-2008 02:46 AM

Blake, that is beautiful already. I am looking forward to seeing the added leg pieces.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#12 posted 10-22-2008 02:46 AM

Looks great Blake. The all nighters are great, but how did work go today?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 10-22-2008 07:12 AM

Gotta love a guy with that much fire for the craft. Blake, you rock!

Nice work too.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 10-22-2008 02:55 PM

I think you got more done in a night than I get done in a year :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#15 posted 10-22-2008 06:14 PM


It is looking really nice – Oh what it is to be young and have the energy to work ALL day and night and day again!

It sounds like you need some fresh sand paper in the orbital sander – it should whiz through that maple – Have you thought about using your thickness sander for the parallel thickness parts (rails) could have saved you a lot of time.

Looking forward to seeing the finished project soon.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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