I just started the two end tables to go with the entertainment center in my last project posting, working on the larger of the two at 24” X 21”, and determining the top’s appearance.
All of my boards are about 7” wide, with one board at 9 1/2” & is flat sawn. I would like to make a one board top, not possible obviously, so I am stretching two 9 1/2” side by side to 21” wide:
In so doing, I decided to add one additional board(s) in the middle of these two, with straight grain to match the edges of these two boards. I have two cutoffs at 1” X 4” x 8 ft., with partial straight grain, some flat sawn grain, and some heavy natural edge. These are examples:
Also in this photo, you can see the treatment I used to make portion of these two cutoffs usable, running them through the table saw with a 45 deg. cut to remove the bark & provide a straight section for gluing in a section.
This is the 3 piece section as cut & planed for tight fit:
and this, the glue up:
Having created a nice 3 1/2” wide straight grain board to fit between the top boards, I was anxious, too anxious it appears, to glue up the table top & see how it came out, as follows:
before glue up:
after glue up:
Now for the big mistake, I forgot about end grain, which I could have avoided, and can be seen here:
As my father always said, “Haste makes waste!”, so true …..
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