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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 354 days ago 974 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a bit more time this morning and late afternoon. I finished up building the legs then got them attached. Lot’s of cleanup work is required but the rest of my time will be spent making it just so.

I decided to make the inside legs into triangles. It’s a lot less work, and as I understand it, sturdier.

I go a little cleanup done of the top.

I’m chomping at the bit to do some more work. Id be surprised if I could get her ready for finish in another 8 hours. I’m still aiming for 8. We shall see.

I’ll call this the final blog for this table. I’m hoping this will be my best work yet. Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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KOVA

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#1 posted 354 days ago

GENIAL DISEÑO MARCOS Y ES PURO ARTE EN MADERA :-)
SIGUE ASÍ QUE VAS MARAVILLOSAMENTE!!!!!!!!

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

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 354 days ago

Your progress into becoming a fine wood worker is growing
steady. Enjoy your journey and keep doing the good work Mark.

That’s a fine table.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 354 days ago

Love those legs!

Very nice design… Really COOL…

Looking forward to seeing the Finished product…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 354 days ago

Wow, that is sure a detalied piece of work. Nice patterns to it!! I like the southwest flavor of it!!

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

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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 354 days ago

...yep, AWESOME!

You’ve done yourself proud Mark.

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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doubleDD

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#6 posted 354 days ago

This is a beautiful table. Well done

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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sras

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#7 posted 354 days ago

That’s impressive! Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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MarkTheFiddler

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#8 posted 353 days ago

Talk about really nice comments! You all are awesome. Thank you and thank you again.

Once again, I have underestimated my time. I spent about 5 hours sanding. It’s a bear when one board is a little more raised or lowered. I’m done with that part at least. Now I’m filling in small gaps. That’s a lot of fun…. I have to sand a piece of Purple Heart to get Purple Heart sanding dust. You know where that is going, don’t you. I’m making my own filler.

That’s where I end today.

Good thing too. We are not experiencing that frigid 98 degree weather like yesterday. We popped the cork on 100 again. Gotta love August in Dallas.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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nonickswood

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#9 posted 352 days ago

That is looking really Cool Mark.
Can’t wait to see the finish go on.
Beautiful work!

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

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MarkTheFiddler

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#10 posted 351 days ago

Howdy,

I’m at 8 hours worth of sanding. Not close to done. It was all that aggressive sanding and gap filling. It’s worth the time though. Every square inch is important and I’m making progress. I have a few tiny gaps in the sides at the exotic wood joints. There aren’t many and they are very small. I think I’ll invest the time to get them just so.

I’m using 150 grit to tackle that job. When I’m done with the gaps. I’m going to try a trick I heard about. A mineral spirit wipe down should reveal any glue spots and missed rough spots. I’ll let you know how that goes.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#11 posted 350 days ago

Oh man. I feel I’m working on something fantastic. I feel like I had very little to do with how well the table is turning out. Better than I deserve I think. I wonder what I could have done if I had come into wood working earlier in life. Would I have been as adventurous? Would I have cared as much? Would I have had the patience?

I think that becoming a novice at 50 was a good idea for me. I lacked the humility to learn before then.

My friends, I finished sanding at 220 grit. I raised the grain and left it alone for the night. Tomorrow, I’ll sand at 320 and give a really close inspection. If I’m lucky, I’ll start applying tung oil tomorrow night. That means the finish line is about a week away.

Im not in a rush. Every time I work on the table, it looks better. I’ll continue to enjoy the improvements until I’m done. After that. I’ll have to start another big project. I’ll try something that challenges me to learn some more. One day, I will outdo this table. On that day, I’ll be posting my disbelief at what came from these hands.

I can’t say it enough. Thank you lumberjocks! You have inspired me and willingly shared your knowledge. I hope I can pay it forward one day.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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GrandpaLen

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#12 posted 350 days ago

”...hello, ...my name is Mark, ...I’m addicted to woodworking.”

Hello Mark, welcome to the meeting. :-)

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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MarkTheFiddler

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#13 posted 349 days ago

Len,

I’m not addicted to woodworking. I can quit anytime I want. Heh heh.

320 grit sanding is complete. I couldn’t stop there. I had to start rubbing in the tung oil. I watched as the Peruvian walnut started darkening to take on an appearance like ebony. The Purple Heart that was steadily getting greyer during sanding jumped back to a cranberryish color. The bubinga turned translucent.

It’s hard to wait for this application to soak in. I’ll wait until after work tomorrow and chew my fingernails in the meantime but I don’t have a problem Len.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 348 days ago

Sounds GREAT…!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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MarkTheFiddler

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#15 posted 348 days ago

Thanks Joe.

One of the things I was concerned about was color bleed from Padauk to the Cherry. It was a bit of a wrestling match and I did get a little tinting with my first application of Tung Oil. It doesn’t look bad. It doesn’t look perfect either. I’ll live with the little color variation.

The purple heart to cherry was a piece of cake by comparison.

Another concern was my design. With the exception of the inside of the legs, all cuts were made at 90 degree’s. I knew I was going to have some end grain exposure on the sides of the legs. I planned it that way but I was never convinced that I made the right choice.

Today I’m convinced. I’ve got a lousy picture here with my I-phone that I had to adjust the heck out of so I can show some details. I love what happened. Even though the wood is obviously different thicknesses (no planer), I got what I hoped I would get. I got some character. I don’t feel like it looks like a happy accident. I feel like I’m paying homage to an old tradition of southwest furniture.

5 days until it’s a finished project.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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