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Blog series by MarkTheFiddler updated 299 days ago 8 parts 6379 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: DesignTime

332 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 7 comments »

Howdy, I need 2 end table to go with my latest cocktail table. I figure they don’t have to match the cocktail table exactly, they don’t even have to use the same wood. It makes it easier to cut the pieces if I’m working from a design layout. Even though the following layout is almost identical to the cocktail table, it’s different enough to add some interest. If you can see the thin green lines, they represent where the small drawer will be. I’ll start ...

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Part 2: I am soooo done planning.

328 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 3 comments »

Yup – I couldn’t wait. I took that little bit of purple heart and Peruvian walnut and chopped it into little tiny pieces. The center is glued. I was dry fitting the outside border. Thought I would snap a work in progress picture. I didn’t get to do much lumber-jocking this week but I did repair the dryer, sliding glass door tack and van. I’ll take my little bit of progress and be thankful. I think I’ll be able to do a little good this weekend but my woo...

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Part 3: Grumble

321 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 6 comments »

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 sev...

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Part 4: Build Complete - 8 Days to go.

318 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 8 comments »

Howdy! The build is done so I figure I have 8 days of sanding and finishing left to do. The dark wood running down the legs and across the stretchers is African Mahogany. I’ll start building the final table of the set some time this week! Yee Ha…...

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Part 5: Started the second table.

308 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 3 comments »

Howdy, I thought I’d be a little more detailed about my Southwest tables with this blog. Lessons learned, Lessons still learning. Yep. You might find it handy. What I don’t have is a thickness planner, a workbench or a joiner. Great fun huh? Here is the first one in progress. Still haven’t added shellac up to this point. For starters, I built up a good sturdy substrate. I used 1, 2 foot by 4 foot piece of birch 1/2 inch plywood from Home Depot. I think it came ...

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Part 6: On the Border

305 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 2 comments »

Howdy, I got a few hours of work in yesterday so I have a little progress to show. As promised, I’m providing more details about my third and final table of the Southwest series. I ripped up some American Walnut and Curly maple to one inch widths. I then cut up 40 pieces of Walnut to 3 inches. That is were I stopped with the precuts. ( I don’t have a joiner and I get variances on my rip cuts of 1/64th because I don’t always meet the fence with precision.) First thin...

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Part 7: Finishing the Border

303 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 8 comments »

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...

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Part 8: Top levelled and ready for the sides.

299 days ago by MarkTheFiddler | 11 comments »

Howdy, Not much time for woodshop lately but I have been able to put a little time in here and there. Today was about 4 hours. Here is where I’m at. I did some hand planning to get it in earshot range. I used a stiff metal yardstick like a scree to reveal high spots. Len – listen up please. I grabbed a card scraper and took down some of the ridges left by the planning. I know I need to keep working on the scraper edge. I ended up using the ROS after my hands got tired...

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