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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-07-2007 06:03 AM 1729 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, you have been asking. What I’ve been up to on the Thorsen G & G tables.
So here are some misc pictures. Of the Holly Thorsen Greene and Greene Table.
This is the boards that I was using to select the wood for the table.
The table top boards

The legs before the mortise cuts

The legs with the pegs in place but not finished to a crown.

The shelf support brackets with the mortise slots cut and the peg holes cut.

Cutting the mortises with a square corner on the new Mortise machine. The woodhaven mortise machine uses a routerbit and leaves rounded ends. So I’m trying to square them up with the mortise machine. It was very fast and easy.

The table held together with friction. It was dryfitted in order to measure the shelf length.

The table has some of the pegs placed , but more to go. I’m using Pink Ivory for the pegs and they are being glued in with epoxy. On an earlier blog Scott called the Holly table an Albino. I had already visualized the Pink Ivory pegs. So that was not a surprise.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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PanamaJack

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#1 posted 05-07-2007 06:14 AM

Another good one coming along Karson.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 05-07-2007 06:23 AM

Looking good, thanks for sharing.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 05-07-2007 01:37 PM

Looks really good, If you don’t mind me asking, how much did the pink ivory cost. From what I understand it is the most expensive timber on earth?

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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Chip

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#4 posted 05-07-2007 03:29 PM

Couldn’t get through on the “Order Your Thorsen Table Here!” 800 number (I imagine all the other jocks got in line before me, or at least Obi) so thought I might as well post here.

Beautiful piece of woodworking as always Karson. You sure have an eye for wood and the craftsmanship is stellar as usual. Can hardly wait to see this baby once it gets off the production line. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Karson

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#5 posted 05-07-2007 03:40 PM

Kaleo:

The board that I used for the pegs, I don’t remember the price. It has a lot of sap wood on it so the Pink is not very intense. It was over $100.00 though.

I bought another board that has some quite intense Pink and I’ve not used it yet. It’s about 5’ long and 8 – 10” wide and 1 1/4 to 1” thick. I paid over $300.00 for that board.

I picked up a turning square 2” square by 14” long for about $20.00 but it is still covered in wax and I’ve not looked at it yet.

I sure wouldn’t use it to turn bowls, but I’ve made some pens out of it and they are beautiful. Even the lighter pink sapwood makes geat looking pens.

Chip: I’ll look into opening a second 800 number, but keep it unpublished, for special people.

One of my original thoughts on making these tables for me were to “Celebrate our Wood Diversity”, To try to use woods that were unique in their own right and let the wood speak for itself. Kind of like a “Frank Moment” on different woods.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 05-07-2007 06:35 PM

Beautiful Karson, quite a contrast from the dark ones we’ll be seeing mostly. I really like the holly. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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fred

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#7 posted 05-07-2007 07:10 PM

Your table looks great. I am just in the stage of cutting mortises for the pegs. I was going to finish the crown on the pegs before installation. If you could give me some tips on how you plan to finish the pegs, I would appreciate it.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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Karson

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#8 posted 05-08-2007 01:06 AM

Fred: I’m using a rotary air grinder. With a 3m Screw-on sanding disk. They are used in the automotive and machine industry. Here is the harbor freight tool I’m using. I’m using 3/8” square long strips. I shape them to be able to fit in the 3/8” mortise hole that I cut for the pegs. I’m using PSA sandpaper (glue on the back) Then I glue them in the piece using 5 minute Epoxy glue.
I cut them off on the bandsaw at between 1/8” and 1/4”

I then bevel the tops with the grinder

The Pink Ivory wood wanted to burn like Cherry so I used a carbide Air Grinder bit to bevel them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 05-08-2007 04:43 AM

Karson, nice use of the holy and pink ivory. I believe you are going to be one of those on top. Unique is a good work for it. Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Karson

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#10 posted 05-08-2007 05:45 AM

Rog: Thanks for the confidence. It has been fun. But you may remember on an earlier blog I said that I was making a set of twins.

One was going to be made with Holly and the other is being made with Popular. I’ve not sprung the popular twin as of yet. I think the twins will be special.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to split them up.

I also haven’t found the appropriate names for them yet. Holly is a nice name, but Pop doesn’t sit well. The Judges might think I trying to side up them by picking the Magazine as the name for a table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 05-08-2007 12:58 PM

Holly is sure light colored wood. I remember when blond furniture was real popular.
You might bring it back.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 05-08-2007 01:44 PM

Another great looking table, Karson.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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fred

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#13 posted 05-08-2007 06:38 PM

Thanks Karson,

I never would have thought of gluing in place and then shaping them. That seems a lot easier then trying to handle a 3/8” x 3/8” piece. Many thanks for your detailed explanation and pictures.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#14 posted 05-09-2007 04:01 PM

another Karson Masterpiece in the works. Thanks for the update!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Karson

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#15 posted 05-17-2007 06:07 AM

Well I took my Cradle to the Delaware Woodworkers Guild to make a presentation. I also took the twins. They are all glued up and I screwed the top on to be able to take it. So they have been presented to 40 woodworkers they seemed to go over pretty well.

A few people were taking pictures of the cradle and the Thorsen Greene and Greene tables. The Holly and the Popular ones.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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