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Cocktail table for my wife's room. #4: Base is built!!

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 10-08-2012 12:58 AM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built the base over the weekend. I kinda wish I had gone a little thicker on the wood. Be that as it may, I like it. I cut all the wood 1.25 square. Of course when I tried the cross braces up against the legs I found an error in the thickness. I knew that ! ;) I have no idea why I didn’t think of it.

Glue up was a nightmare. I leaned a huge lessons including this one: “Sometimes you have to make a jig!!! I am mostly out of the odd ball shapes business for a while but in the future – I’ll remember this fine lesson.

My first “rushed” glue attempt was a dismal failure. I took it apart before the glue set. Then I left the pocket screws in place. I tried every which way to clamp, glue and set the first screws including a lattice of clamps. I finally got lucky on the placement of the first and second screw. That was finally one leg attached to the upper crossbeam. Again with the lattice and my son pushing the second leg and it was in. Every leg and brace afterwards became far easier.

All that wrestling and I now have a base.

It needs a bit of sanding, a tiny bit of filler, tung oil, put it together – finished. I’ll post the completed project next time.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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MarkTheFiddler

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 01:00 AM

Oh – I actually have a bragging moment. I set it on the floor. All legs rested perfectly flat. I set the top on and looked underneath – no gaps. After all that fight – It’s a strudy piece.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 01:05 AM

all the lessons were worth it it seems mark

it looks real nice

-- 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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#3 posted 10-08-2012 01:45 AM

Some time you have to make quick and dirty fixture/jigs to match the angles on the pieces being glued up so that you can clamp squarely to hold the pieces while gluing or pocket screwing.
Nice pentagon table you have built. I liked the inlay work you did on the top. That pattern is unique and ultra sweet!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could do that kind of thing because I had designs made that needed it but I did not have the confidence to cut them!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 01:48 AM

Mark,

You are a Fearless Woodworker with selfless dedication, and crazy, mad, homegrown capabilities.

I like the minimalism of the legs and stretchers on the table, in this case I believe, less is more. More would have been in competition with that beautiful top.

Your last two Project Posts are phenomenal. ...lordy, before you built your Dodecahedron Pendant I had no idea that there was such an animal, and you nailed it while posting your progress.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 02:02 AM

Looking Great!
Can’t wait for the finish!!

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 04:31 AM

A Jig for such a base was indeed warranted.

I am learning to use those “puppies” for most glue-ups.

I must say I have to build any table and get the leg sitting flat on the floor.
They seem to always shift a little during glue-up.

Well done my friend.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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MarkTheFiddler

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 04:51 PM

Wow! Those are incredible compliments. Really warms my heart to have those compliments from gentlemen I really respect.

Grandpa, I’m blown away – thank you for all the guidance on this project!

Jim, I took a really good look at every one of your projects. My friend, I have years of learning and practice to go before I could ever do anything like you have created. I’m willing to try anything but buying a lathe will be a future plan. After that, I think I’ll practice with some glued up pine. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll produce a decent turning one day.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 01:03 AM

Grandpa Len,

I took your advice and invested in a set of card scrapers. I also went a bit beyond and bought a burnishing tool. I tried out sharpening one edge. I tried it out and the next thing you know, I spent 2 hours just touching up this and that. Thank you sir!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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GrandpaLen

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#9 posted 10-09-2012 03:36 PM

Mark,

It is my pleasure to pass along tips and tricks, especially those that make a part of woodworking easier or more enjoyable.

‘Paying It Forward’ at LJs. – Grandpa Len.

...it’s what this site and forum is all about “Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.” – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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KOVA

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#10 posted 10-09-2012 04:10 PM

ESA MESA QUEDÓ DE FINA EBANISTERÍA VIOLINISTA!!!!!
LA PRÓXIMA VEZ QUE TE ENCUENTRES CON UN ENSAMBLE EN ÁNGULOS
COMPLICADOS: PRIMERO PEGARLOS Y LUEGO CON EL TALADRO HACER
UNA PERFORACIÓN DE LADO A LADO Y PASAR UN CILINDRO DE MADERA,
VARILLA CILÍNDRICA DE MADERA, LE DICEN “DOWEL” CON PEGAMENTO Y
ÉSTO AL SECARSE CONSTITUYE UNA ESPIGA DEL ENSAMBLE :-D

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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MarkTheFiddler

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 03:08 AM

Kova, muchimas gracias por el consejo y Los complimentos. Tengo un poquito Miedo de usar Los dowels sin la ramiento correcto. Una dia, voy a construir la ramienta o comprar lo. Por el momento tengo que seguir con Los tornillos.

Well my friends. A little status report for you. The first coats of tung oil are hardening. I’ll have time to rough up the surface a little on Monday and apply the second coat. 4 coats are planned at 3 day intervals. I will be well into my end tables project before the final coat hardens.

That’s the status. Here is how I feel about the table. Just one coat down and I’m overwhelmed by how beautiful that table is turning out. I owe a huge debt of
Gratitude to lumberjocks and friends here for that.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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KOVA

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 04:08 AM

ERES UN BUEN TIPO Y A LOS BUENOS TIPOS
DA GANAS DE AYUDARLOS JAJAJAJAJAJAJA

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 02:33 PM

Nice one mark! A good fight and you won the war of the level!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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MarkTheFiddler

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#14 posted 10-21-2012 02:07 AM

My friends I am almost dying with anticipation. The tung oil has really made the piece stunning. After the long wait with periodic steel wool and hand rubbing in the tung oil, the finish line is fast approaching. I can’t wait to show you all what you helped me to create. 2 more days.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 10-22-2012 04:13 AM

1 more day before the unveiling! When I rubbed in this final Coat of tung oil, I was practically standing on my head to catch the light from every angle. I want to race home from work tomorrow and attach the base to the table top. It is by far and away my best work but I still have lessons learned and improvements for the next project. What a wondrous thing!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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