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Southwest end tables #7: Finishing the Border

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-25-2013 01:14 AM 834 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: On the Border Part 7 of Southwest end tables series Part 8: Top levelled and ready for the sides. »

Howdy,

I added all of my little U-Turns to the top and here is where I start this Blog.

If you have any disparities in your measurements, Here is where they make an appearance. I have to add a 4 inch long piece of Curly Maple here but it’s wider than one inch because the rest of my strips were less than one inch wide. I cut a piece to length then I used a series of stopblocks and clamps to shave it to the exact width.

Easy Glue up around all four corners. Once I got back to my first corner, I took off the clamps and got this:

Now I needed to glue in 4 6-inch pieces of walnut. Again, I used the table top to get the precise measurements. It was an easy glue up around all four corners and I ended with this:

Each corner needed one last 3 inch piece of walnut to close off the final turn. Mine were not 3 inches because I had to compensate for the wide strip of maple so I cut them to length according to the table. Again, I went around the table with 4 more easy glue ups and my corners ended up look like this:

Here is a shot of the entire border.

Now that you put the top together, It’s time to pause. You have a final frame of maple left to do that will surround the entire top. That same fame of maple will drop down the sides. If you have to plane, or otherwise do some aggressive sanding and scraping to level out the top – don’t add that final maple frame. Get that surface level and smooth then add the maple. That way you will keep the maple drop down at one inch because you waon’t be planning it along with everything else. Si?

Anywhohow, I’ve got some cleanup work to do. Len is gonna skin me If I don’t get my scapers to scraping. I’m off to learn some more and try to get a nice burr on the scrapers.

As always, If you can make some recommendations for improving my process, Please share. I learn the best after I have suffered through my inexperience.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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sras

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 01:52 AM

Another great design! Nice progress…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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GrandpaLen

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 10:18 AM

Ha!, Mark you’re crackin’ me up.

I’m not trying to tell you that using a scraper will make all the difference in THE world, but, it will make a big difference in YOU’RE world of leveling out the subtle differences in the thicknesses of a blue million pieces that make up your beautiful tables.
Scrapers will bridge some of the lower levels and scrape those high spots where as a sander rounds over the edges of the higher levels and also removes some from the lower pieces while trying to wear down the higher pieces.

If you, ever so slightly, round off the corners of the scraper it will keep the corners from ‘digging’ into the wood as you scrape.

Even if it takes you a couple of hours to form a burr on your scraper, it will greatly reduce the 8 hours of sanding you spoke of on the last table.
It’s kind of like taking a plane to the surface, albeit a micro plane, to level out the high spots and then hit it with your finish sanding.

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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#3 posted 09-26-2013 12:42 AM

I remain in awe of your talent, skill, and perseverance! Another beauty!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 02:48 AM

Thank you so very much Steve and Andy. I could learn a mint of knowledge from you 2.

Len, I thought you might be a little amused. Thanks for all the awesome links!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 04:06 AM

Ok Len – This is what I got on my cheapo card scraper.

The expensive one is not there yet. More work to do.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 11:45 AM

O.K. Mark, you’ve made a paint scraper, you need just a little more burr.
First, square up the edge again with a file and then try a little more down force pressure and possibly a slight bit more downward angle as you draw the burnishing rod toward you.

...you’re just about there. – 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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#7 posted 09-27-2013 02:35 AM

%#}+=¥&$!!!! LMAO! Those are the best results I ever got from a scraper. I’ll be laughing all night.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 10-22-2013 06:16 AM

ES UN DISEÑO HERMOSO VIOLINISTA!!!!!!!
ERES EL MEJOR ;-)

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

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