Muscling around this lumber hasn’t been easy. I need to have a perfectly flat top and bottom surface, and it’s too wide for my planer and jointer. I guess that means hand tools. I spent quite a bit of time using my Lee Valley low angle jack plane and my smoother to flatten both sides of the table top. I forgot to take pictures of the process (my arms woulda been too tired to hold up the camera anyway), but believe me it generated a lot of shavings. Here’s the top nice and smooth:
Since my Dad’s going to be using the table to work on computers, he was worried that small parts would fall through the holes from the old joinery. So, I had to fill them in. I considered using dowels or drilling them out to try and make it seamless, or at least hidden. After thinking about it, though, I decided to fill them with Durham’s Rock Hard. I don’t really want to hide the holes. In fact, I think it’s one of the cool features of using an old piece of lumber like this. The Rock Hard will be nice and smooth, but still show where the holes were.
Another problem facing me is how to deal with the checking on the end of the board. The board had some pretty good checks on one end after cross cutting it to size. They used to be in the middle, but the cut really exposed them. I thought about a butterfly inlay, but I didn’t want to add any details to the top. In the end, I drilled a hole for a screw, then counter bored it for a dowel. I used 3” screws to close the crack in two places. It’s tight as a drum now. Again, I’m not really trying to hide the fix. The dowels will be flush trimmed.
Next up is the final sanding and finish of the top.
Thanks for looking.
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