Well, all the cutting boards are done and have been delivered for the Valentine’s Day requests. 10 more Boards gone, yea! The top is finally taking shape.
After gluing up the boards to get the desired width for the top, it was time for the layout. You will notice like it was mentioned in the comments on a previous post, I chose to leave the sap wood in the Black Walnut. Instead of cutting it out, I thought it added character. The main reason for this was not the extra money or waste, it was more driven by the granite and its pattern. As you can see by the pics is has a mixture of colors. I’m continually struggling on trying to be creative and think outside the box. A friend taught me to leave the knot holes in boards and use epoxy with dye to show the woods character. I believe this works well to show off the wood and really tells a story as well.
I was challenged on trying to keep the table top flat when gluing it up. I used biscuits when joining the ends to assist in keeping it flat as well as when I glued up the boards in the beginning. With the table being over 6 feet long and 4 feet wide it is one of the bigger table tops I have made. I also needed to have an opening of 24” x 48” in the middle of the top for the granite.
I glued extra walnut on the table tops edge giving it an appearance of the top being thicker than it really is. This will receive an edge from a table top router bit I purchased from MLCS.
I have been trying to figure out what to do where the wood meets the granite. I am leaning towards clamping a temporary fence on the table top and cutting a 1/8×1/8 inch rabbet around the edge then applying Caulk giving an appearance of a consistent edge line. As we all know trying to get the Granite to fit perfectly into a square is really difficult at least for me anyways. I’m not sure expansion on the inside of the square is an big issue, as the top will be able to move from the fasteners on the bottom.
Any suggestions fellow lumberjocks?
I have started practicing with the bow tie inlays and Blondie has picked the sizes and how many she would like to see on the top @ the glue lines. She decided two on each glue line looks best.
I have been sanding the top and the knot holes are filled with epoxy and brown dye. The last edge has been glued on and time to flush trim and start routering the table tops edge.
As always thanks for looking, and all comments and suggestions are welcome.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"