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A Thomas the Tank Engine table

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Blog series by Mark Shymanski updated 08-17-2008 05:54 AM 6 parts 10156 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: from to design to execution

07-17-2008 03:08 PM by Mark Shymanski | 1 comment »

My first ‘commission’ :-) My son is really into Thomas the Tank Engines (we even drove out to Winnipeg to spend a day with Thomas last month). He has a plethora of track and trucks and engines scattered all over the play area in the basement. He has been scouring the brochures about these toys and has decided he wants a table for all the track etc. Jenn wants him to have a table to contain the chaos somewhat, so voila my first order. Step one was to decide what to build, ...

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Part 2: 15 mm short!

07-21-2008 01:34 PM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

Well had a great couple of days in the shop finishing up -almost- Paul’s table. The edge moulding I was going to put around the table top machined well, it even looked good until I started mitreing the corners and cutting it to length. Side 1 went okay, side 2 ikay, side 3…problems. The end of the moulding and the last moulding are 15 mm short. I’d neglected to factor in the width of my mouldings when I measured out the lengths so I cut the third side short. I think I...

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Part 3: Some photos

07-23-2008 06:29 AM by Mark Shymanski | 0 comments »

This is a photo of the almost finished table. Basic 5/8 mdf top, with pine for the stringers and two laminated pieces for each leg. This is a, admittedly fuzzy, view of the moulding piece from the end before I mitered the corners. I’ve not yet had a chance to see if my increasing the rabbets will allow me to match up the mitres…I’ve got them cut I just need about a 1/2 an hour to finish it off. I’m not sure if you can see in this photo but there are definite tr...

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Part 4: The home stretch - priming for Thomas blue

07-31-2008 06:28 PM by Mark Shymanski | 4 comments »

Well I got the trim to fit (‘shortening’ the table worked) and now my daughter and I are priming it in anticipation of painting later today. Five year olds can do a surprisingly good job painting! Pictures and more later!

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Part 5: A question-- Felt surface for the table.

08-01-2008 10:40 PM by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

Hello all, Jenn is off at a scrapbooking crop and I was hoping to finish off Paul’s table but I have come across a question. We want to put green felt down on the play surface and I have not idea how to precisely lay it down. I bought spray adhesive to glue it down with but beyond that I am not really sure how to put it down so it looks good and doesn’t roll up at the edges. If any one has advice on measuring, gluing felt down I’d sure appreciate the assist.

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Part 6: Finished....some final pictures and notes

08-17-2008 05:54 AM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

This is a view of the initial drawing I did for Paul’s table. This is the SU drawing realized in pine and MDF A blurry (sorry about that) shot of a cross section of the moldings which were a last minute addition to the table design. I never did go back and update the SU model. Paul didn’t get away from working for his table. Here he is properly attired to minimize damage to the clothing budget (yes he did get paint on what little he was wearing LOL). His big sister...

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