Southwest Cocktail table #3: My vision has returned.

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-21-2013 03:53 AM 1343 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Simplify ..... sort of.... Part 3 of Southwest Cocktail table series Part 4: Another Dry Fit Test »

The Glue up wasn’t going perfect because I didn’t use a flat surface to work from. That is now remedied. I was real close to starting over when things started working out. Here’s where I’m at as of 30 minutes ago.

Not bad. I got it straightened while I was doing the final glue up. I did some sanding with 40 then 80 grit to level off the worst of my mistakes on the top. I then used the sanding dust and some Tightbond III to make my filler and started taking care of my sloppy job. I sanded once more with 80 grit and noticed a few more hairline gaps. I’ll take care of those tomorrow.

I feel like I have recovered from my sloppy job. I can go forward with an attractive table center. I’m just going to be far more intentional about using a flat surface I can clamp my work to. I will do far more dry fitting for the rest of the job as well.

I’m not ready for cutting boards yet but I should be by the end of this project. It’s been a fun relaxing week and I really haven’t stressed about this because I had hope that I could fix my mistakes. Hope became reality. Whew! It’s a good feeling. Someone is looking out for me.


-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-21-2013 04:06 AM

Looks out of focus to me… LOL

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

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#2 posted 06-21-2013 04:17 AM

Hah Joe! Sometimes I’m thankful that I only have an I-phone for a camera. Hides more mistakes. Would you believe I actually tried to improve the resolution on the shot?

Nah – I wouldn’t believe it either.

I’ll try to get some daytime shots. Those seem to be the only photos this phone can do a decent job with.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 04:53 AM

Just kidding… re: “My Vision has returned” LOL
... the idea is still there…

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

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#4 posted 06-21-2013 06:30 AM

Looks really nice Mark. I think you have it all backwards, though. Most people would have made some cutting boards before attempting what you’re doing! ‘Course, knowing your work, your cutting boards will be something extraordinary. Good job!

-- Robb

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 02:16 PM


Stay the course my friend. Skill building is a ‘baby steps’ approach to an end result.

Your dedication to excellence is apparent and your willingness to share your journey, including the ups and downs, is comendable.

These project Blogs that you’ve shared, will in all likelyhood, encourage some woodworkers to step out of their comfort zones and try something new to them and not be afraid of making a mistake along the way.

It’s not how badly we err, it’s how well we can recover, and along the way we learn.

Your ‘Southwest Cocktail table’ is a work in progress and I can’t wait to see the finished project.

Best Regards. – 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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#6 posted 06-22-2013 03:05 AM


Have you ever had one of those days when your brain was stuck in idle? Wow – I can’t believe I didn’t pick up on the jest. Try again – maybe the next one won’t go flying over my head.


I don’t how you do it but you pay some of the best compliments. Thank you so much. They always make me smile.


What can I say my friend? You’re an awesome mentor. Your student is trying. Lord knows my wife tells me that all the time. Thanks for compliments and encouragement!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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