SoZo Coffee Shop Table Top Series #3: Completed, Delivered, Installed in Coffee Shop

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Blog entry by Doug McPherson posted 01-25-2012 03:58 AM 6411 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I delivered the tabletops tonight to the coffee shop and helped my friend install them. It was very gratifying to see this big project come to a successful end. They seemed genuinely pleased with their purchase.

Now I’m sharing with you, my lumberjock friends.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 04:01 AM

They look beautiful. What kind of finish did you finally decide on?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 04:12 AM

Beth- About 4 coats of this.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 04:15 AM

Those turned out beautifully! You put a lot of work into those inlays but it was worth the effort. And sanding them on your shop made drum sander makes them even better! Were the inlays full thickness? I have some concerns that expansion of the table top will spread your corner miters. What did you do to counter this? Thanks for doing the blog.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 04:47 AM

gfadvm, if you look at his post here you’ll see veneer being glued onto a ply substrate. I think he’s got the expansion thing thought out ok.

My question is, did he do those star routs freehand? And the letters? There’s no sign of a template.

I think it’s a great project, well done, one to be proud of for a long time. I have no idea what your business agreement was with the place, but I hope you have a prominent sign there explaining who did the tabletops and where he can be found. That kind of business-buzz starter can be worth more than a year’s worth of cappuccini.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 05:25 AM

Doug – these turned out superb! Nicely done…...I’m sure it will inspire some new business….


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 05:47 AM

Those are outstanding. Love the finished product. Excellant work…....

-- Brock, Illinois

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 06:08 AM

Thanks Lee, I didn’t realize the table tops were veneered. In the pic it looks like the veneer is pretty thick.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 06:25 AM

Great table tops, super inlays, nothing like a smile from the receiver,gift or paid for, a smile is the greatest payment you can get.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 06:42 AM

Great looking tables, Doug. Now you can eat off the floor on the table! LOL

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 06:14 PM

Thanks everyone.

Lee- I did rout out the insets for the stars and the letters freehand after tracing each with a knife and/or pencil. The letters were cut on the bandsaw, so while they were all visually consistent, they were not exactly the same fit from one to the next, hence the freehand routing. It took patience and practice to get good at it, but by the time I was on my second or third table, I was feeling pretty comfortable with the process. Templates would have been handy. This is just the approach that I took. I’ve seen guys do it, and I wanted to see if I could too.

gfadvm- the top (about 1/4” thinck) is laminated to the substrate plywood (about 3/4” thick) as Lee mentioned. The outer frames (about 1 1/8”thick) are glued and I used loose tenons for added strength and to help with alignment. I’m not worried too much about the corner miters having problems due to seasonal expansion/contraction related to moisture. Hope I’m right.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 10:05 PM

Those look great! Could I get a Venti white chocolate mocha to go on those please?

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#12 posted 02-01-2012 07:06 AM

Congrats Doug, those came out awesome and look great with the finish – really well done :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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