Table from 200 year old re-claimed timber #3: Finishing up the table

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Blog entry by Cory posted 05-02-2011 03:40 PM 3656 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent quite a bit of time flattening and smoothing the table top last weekend. I used mostly my Lee Valley low angle jack plane, a #4 smoother, and card scrapers. I did use a little sandpaper on the edges to break them. The finish is 2 coats of a 50/50 BLO and mineral spirits mix. I find that mix to be much easier to apply than straight BLO. After that cured came 4 coats of General Finishes Armor Seal and a coat of paste wax. That meant the top was complete. Then came the bottom.

After talking with my Dad (the customer) for a while about what he’d like to see for the base of the table, we settled on some hairpin legs. Not what I would have chosen, but I think they do the top justice. It’s kind of like a floating table top, which focuses all the attention there, rather than on the bottom. Zoe, my oldest, helping me install the legs:

Some pictures of the finished table:

I put my brand in between the holes/dowels I used to fix the large check. It almost looks like I meant to do it!

In use, in my Dad’s office:

And just a reminder of what it looked like before:

Overall I’m happy with the project and my Dad loves it, so that’s all that really matters.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 05-02-2011 03:46 PM

very cool…so much essence and history in that piece – a hidden gem.

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 04:59 PM

Time to own up.

I think Zoe is the real woodworker in the family.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 05:23 PM

Jamie: the truth finally comes out!!!!!

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