Southwest end tables #3: Grumble

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-06-2013 09:59 PM 1291 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some lessons are learned the hard way. I bought a warped piece of Sapelle. I mean really warped. I thought that the little tiny pieces I needed would not be affected by a warped piece. Good lord was I ever wrong!

Here’s the sorrier news. I didn’t ask the store for a price break. I just said with a real confident aire “No problem at all! It will work just fine!” Every single gap in the top of the table was due to the fact that I could not make precise cuts to the severely warped wood. Boo Hiss!!

Folks – I forgot to be humble and just ask – Could you cut me a section of this straight board please?

I have 2 more issues to correct including a chip that came out of the table top. Of course – I can’t find the chip.

Overall I think the top is nice and I have had fewer problems with this top than the cocktail table top I did recently.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 10:23 PM

Looks great! Life is one continuous learning process so don’t feel bad, just enjoy the journey.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 11:13 PM

wow, Mark. i hate it when that happens. You can spend an hour looking for that exact ship to glue back in!! You know what we woodworkers to, adjust and go on and alter it as much as possible to make it look right. I ‘ll bet there is a story with most every project- I know mine have ‘em!!!!!!!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 11:43 PM


That almost looks like a woven blanket… LOL

Good work…

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 03:58 AM


I gave up hope in finding the chip. From the original picture you can see my original glue and sanding dust repair.

I wasn’t too fond of it. I took a chisel and cut out my repair. I cut a little more so it would be consistent. I took a little tiny end-grain offcut and glued it in. After sanding with 40 grit, I got what the blue arrow is pointing to.

The red arrow is pointing to one of the in-precisions I ran into while trying to cut a warped board into straight pieces. I have to fill a few more of these gaps. They are not bad though. About 1/32 wide or less. A couple more fixes and I’ll be putting the edge banding on and building the sides.

That’s all I had time to do tonight. That’s 15 minutes of work if I really stretch it. Still, it’s nice that I don’t have to think about how to fix it. I’m just thinking of the next steps.

Thanks for the encouragement with my woven blanket Joe. LOL!

Jim – I don’t believe you unless your stories are about perfect jobs from start to finish. They are, aren’t they?

John – I can see the growth in the end product – slow but steady. I’m also spending less time wondering how I’ll fix a mistake and experimentation. I just do it. I’m still looking for the optimum – No mistakes.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 04:13 PM

...ahhh, yes, opportunities abound.

“It’s not how bad we err, but how well we can recover.”

Every project, it seems, offers us an opportunity to learn, whether it pushes our limits to overcome an ‘oops’ or leads us to a new skill or woodworking discipline.
Therein lies the self-imposed stressor to broaden the knowledge of our love (or hate) for working wood.

Just when you think you have a ‘handle on it’ it throws you a curve ball, or in this case a warped ball.

You took it in stride and attacked it with your can-do attitude and emerged the victor.

Lessons learned, moving right along…

Table top is looking Great and will be a wonderful accent to your Coffee Table.

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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#6 posted 09-10-2013 03:44 AM



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