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Blog series by Lifesaver2000 updated 921 days ago 7 parts 9168 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Preparation

975 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 0 comments »

Preparation for this new project started a couple of weeks ago, although planning has been going on for a while. I purchased 200 board feet of locally harvested, air dried 4/4 walnut lumber. It has been sitting in a barn for quite a few years, and most of the boards are wide and fairly straight. Price was $2.00 per board foot. From what I have seen for prices on here, this seems to be pretty good. (I know 200 bf is more than I will need for this project, but I have a few others planned....

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Part 2: We (finally) Have a Plan

970 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 0 comments »

After several attempts, we have finally settled on a design for the new living room table. I had created several different Sketchup designs, with things like raised panels and different leg designs, but my wife asked that I come up with something simpler and more rounded. We also did some measuring, and decided to go with a shorter height, taking it down to sixteen inches. The pictures here show the basic design. This plan is intended just to allow construction at this point. Finalizi...

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Part 3: First Shop Day & a Riving Knife Works

963 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 2 comments »

I managed to get a few hours in the shop earlier this week, and have the lumber for the main base of the table cut to rough size. I cut everything a little long and a little wide to allow for any movement and fine tuning that I need to do, and I can already see that it was a good thing I did. After it sits for a few days, I will be ready to cut and plane to the final dimensions. For now I am dividing the project into different sections; the main base, the top, the interior drawer support...

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Part 4: Base Section Complete (with pics)

952 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 2 comments »

My schedule didn’t work out as planned last week, but this past weekend things moved along nicely. I have completed construction of the base of the table. There is still a lot of sanding to do but for now I am ready to move on to the next step. You can see the pine lumber on the inside which will support the full-extension drawer slides. This was a case where lack of planning actually caused more work than should have been necessary, but as I was drawing up the plans I...

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Part 5: Final Glue-up Complete

938 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 0 comments »

Thanks to the cold weather and some other things that had to be done, progress has slowed on this project. Last week I completed the drawer boxes and rough dimensioned the boards for the top. Today I finished dimensioning the top and got it all glued together. I was able to warm my shop up to about 70 today for the gluing, but brought the top in over night so I wouldn’t have to heat the shop as the outside temperature drops. In this picture, the grain on some of the boards loo...

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Part 6: Crossing the "Finish" Line

931 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 1 comment »

Despite a slow down due to cold weather, I have been able to get bits and pieces done, to where I can see the end is in sight for this project. Since my last post, I was able to get the glue scraping done on the top, get the corners rounded, round over the edge and get the whole top sanded down to 220. Even without any finish, this made a lot of difference in the look, and I really like it. Over the course of a few days, I also finished sanding the drawer boxes and the main base of the...

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Part 7: Project Completed

921 days ago by Lifesaver2000 | 1 comment »

I have completed the final finishing and assembly of this project. I was able to spray four coats of Sherwin-Williams Wood Classics® Waterborne Polyurethane Varnish. I also mounted the drawer slides and fronts. The top was attached with tabletop fasteners from McFeely’s. I am afraid I didn’t have time to take pictures as I went along or to take pictures of the finished project, but I hope to be able to do that this weekend and post the project here early next week. I will a...

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