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Blog series by Ken90712 updated 05-08-2012 11:05 PM 9 parts 81608 reads 110 comments total

Part 1: Is it right to post 1st phase if all metal?

10-24-2011 04:18 PM by Ken90712 | 15 comments »

Fellow Lumberjocks; Is it right to post the 1st phase of a project if all metal? I have been on the fence about doing a blog on our outdoor dining table project. The first phase is all metal and was thinking to myself, is this a proper post for our great web site that we all love? The tabletop will be wood with granite inlayed, so there will be wood… LOL So what do you all think? Here are some pics and I hope this does not upset the Wood Gods!!!! LOL Look fwd to your thoughts...

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Part 2: Welding close to being done, then wood time.

11-14-2011 01:41 AM by Ken90712 | 12 comments »

I have finished welding the four cross members that will support the 24×48 piece of granite. The stone weighs approx 100 lbs. We used the same granite for our outdoor kitchen and bar. I have cut all the tabs for mounting the tabletop and need to weld them on the rails tomorrow. Blondie and I have decided that we do not like the height of the table so I have cut 2-inch squares from the 3 inch tubing used for the legs and will be welding these making the table 2 inches taller. I have s...

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Part 3: Powder Coat done! Time to start on the top!

12-11-2011 01:03 AM by Ken90712 | 11 comments »

It has been a busy cpl weeks. I had to take a trip to Michigan to cheer my Mom up, who was in the hospital. She is home & doing much better! Thx to my friends on here for the kind words & thoughts. I got the base back from Powder Coating and it matches the chairs perfectly. I just finished 10 cutting boards for a customer, along with 15 drawers for a nice woman that lost her husband. I volunteered to finish the cabinet for her free. I will be starting the top that will surround t...

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Part 4: Finally doing the woodworking portion on the table.

01-30-2012 12:40 AM by Ken90712 | 11 comments »

Well life has been busy for me, like most of us on here I’m sure. Between X-mas, work, travel, and the Honey do list, how time flies. I just received more cutting board commissions and of course they all want them for Valentine’s Day. But money is a good thing. I have planned down the rough Walnut after making a jig for my planner, turning it into a 12 1/2 inch jointer Thx to Fine Woodworking magazine. See project, for more info. This worked ...

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Part 5: The table top is taking shape!

02-12-2012 04:17 PM by Ken90712 | 10 comments »

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 was...

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Part 6: Table edge and Bow Tie Inlays almost finished.

02-27-2012 04:02 PM by Ken90712 | 11 comments »

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 somethin...

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Part 7: Inlays are in and sanding has started!!!! Ughh.

03-05-2012 03:29 PM by Ken90712 | 14 comments »

First off, our hearts and prayers go out to all the families in the Midwest that have suffered through that terrible storm and damage. I hope all our lumberjocks and their families and friends are OK! This weekend I was able to finish one of the things I was really worried about pulling off. I have never done Inlay’s prior to this. I have been practicing before I tried it on the table, but I was really worried about messing it up. I had planned on doing this on my Entertainment Cent...

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Part 8: Finishing Started on Bottom, almost done.

04-17-2012 02:48 PM by Ken90712 | 10 comments »

Thx everyone for all the great comments. Everyone’s advice and questions are taken in a good way! 99.9% of us Lumberjocks are here to learn and help one another so no offense is ever taken.I bought a portable spray booth to fix my dust issues when finishing projects, here is that post if interested. I received a cpl e mails asking where I have been which was very nice, Thx. Blondie made me take a Vacation. It was nice to get away and she insisted NO ...

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Part 9: Our Outdoor Table is finished!!!

05-08-2012 11:05 PM by Ken90712 | 16 comments »

Blondie wondering where her wine is….. To those of you have been following and helping me thanks a million. Well, I finally finished our Walnut/ Granite outdoor table today. Just in time as my parents from Michigan will be here in Southern California Fri morning. Mom has been dying to see it, so the pressure was on. The finishing process was a long. I used Epifanes boat varnish from Holland. It takes 24 hours between coats although I found 48 hrs. to be better in between wet san...

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