Cocktail table for my wife's room. #2: Top is being mounted

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-27-2012 03:21 AM 1636 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started mounting the table top today. It occurs to me, in hindsight, that I may have caused myself a lot of frustration. I’ll find out soon enough when I try to place the diamonds. Be that as it may, it’s turning out pretty well but you can still tell that a rookie is doing the work.

I was able to use the warped pieces but now I have a few pieces that are slightly higher than others. I just bought myself more hours of sanding. I’ve also got a few gaps. A few of them are almost 1/16”. I’m going to try and fill with glue and sanding dust. I hope it looks like a variation on the grain. Thus far they don’t really concern me.

My neighbor lays flooring for a living. He’s going to try to find me a couple of boards for the diamonds.

In fact. Here are my plans.

The green arrow and the red arrow will be the same Brazillian Cherry. The purple arrows point to the outside border. I’m going to use Oak for that. I’m going to cut a dado (?) corner on the bottom so part of the oak is secured to the top of the plywood and the side hangs off the edge. The Blue arrow points to the triangles and diamonds I’m going to fill with what ever my neighbor brings me (or maple if he can’t find anything).

Despite the fact that I have a few gaps, I was able to eliminate quite a few with my dremel tool. I just sanded down a few rough spots on the sides and slosed up most of the seams.

So far – it’s been fun and I’m pretty confident the top will come out awesome. If I can keep from frustrating myself and I don’t think about how tedious this project is, it will be smooth sailing. So far, this has the potential of being my best work and I have already learned a bunch of things thanks to the lumberjocks.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 05:49 AM

I am fairly sure it will be awsome and quite unique.

You are not giving enough credit to yourself. we are learning from you.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 08:07 AM

It’s looking good. Mathematical precision.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 04:47 PM

Lanwater – you are the man! Thanks for the encouragement. By the way – Learning from Me? It never would have dawned on me.


Mathematical precision to be sure! I think I need a little more precision from my tools. My table saw fence is wonky so that’s giving me a few issues. I also needed to get a better blade for this type of work. Before I start on the base of the table, I’m going to invest in a Freud Full Kerf Combination blade for the table saw. My Irwin blade is fine for ripping softer woods. My thin Kerf Diablo is fine for all manner of crosscuts but is lousy at ripping because the blade flexes. I’m hoping the Freud won’t struggle with hard wood rips. I don’t believe it will flex like the thin kerf blades.

Let’s see if my neighbor has some treasure for me today.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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