Outdoor Dining table #6: Table edge and Bow Tie Inlays almost finished.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 02-27-2012 04:02 PM 9405 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: The table top is taking shape! Part 6 of Outdoor Dining table series Part 7: Inlays are in and sanding has started!!!! Ughh. »

Well it seems I’m finally making some serious progress on our outdoor table. I spent a Cpl. hours walking the router bit in to get the depth on the table’s edge I wanted. As we all know you can’t hog that much wood off in big passes without chip out or burning. I bought the bit from MLCS as mentioned in previous blog. The bit held up and performed flawlessly. I only had one or two small spots where it burned, along with no chip out.

I decided to challenge myself and do something different on this project that I have never attempted Bow Tie Inlay’s. I thought this would give the table a great look and some interesting conversation’s with our friend’s that are not familiar this type of inlay. I started practicing them a few weeks ago and decided to go for it.

It was going really well until Blondie came in to the shop and insisted on eat some lunch. I have a bad habit of just working without eating. As I was walking out of the shop my foot hit the cord of my router and boom, it hit the floor breaking the small spiral bit. Bummer, off to Woodcraft I go!

So sat I finished cutting all 8 of them on the table top and now I need to start making the inlay inserts. I have started hand sanding the edge and top with 80 grit so far. Boy way it fun making all that saw dust from the router!!!!

No work on the table this Sun as I went golfing. My buddy and I enjoyed some beers and Cuban cigars. We both shot well, which makes it a little more fun to boot.

Thanks for looking as always and look Fwd to comments and suggestions. Bit #8567

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 04:08 PM

looking real nice ken

better quit eating
or buy more tools
(hopefully blondie
will like more eating
and buy more tools)

finish this soon
and you can eat lunch together
and discuss the new tool purchases

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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jim C

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 04:21 PM

Truly a great looking top.
I gotta try the inlay route on the next project.

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 04:58 PM

Beautiful work Ken. I’m glad to hear you take time to eat and occasionally take a day off, but I’ll bet your mind kept slipping back to this project. Nice work; thanks for the updates.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 07:17 PM

Brilliant routing work Ken. I don’t think you will ever regret those butterflies thinking about humidity changes and all. I wonder if you plan to soften that sharp routed edge some to avoid accidental chipping (not the golf kind).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 07:59 PM


Beautiful Router work!
Nice clean corners… You routed cross-grain first didn’t you?

Your table is looking better & BETTER all the time!

It’s going to be one Beautiful table when you’re done!

Thanks for the Update… Hope Blondie is back to normal after the flu crap…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 08:05 PM

Nice results with the router


-- Guy,PEI

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 10:14 PM

beautifully coming along. that is gonna have some heft to it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 11:07 PM

Top looks beautiful!

Where did you get the inlay template? I have made my own but can’t get the smooth edges I’d like.

As a secret member of the AFT, I’ll need you to send me all the un-smoked cigars ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 09:01 AM

Thx everyone. Lew I bought it at Woodcraft. I got the template and bit and bearing set.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 01:45 PM

Looking good Ken…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#11 posted 02-29-2012 03:35 AM

Thanks, Ken

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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