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Experiment: Table top grain matching - gone wrong.

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Blog entry by Oldtool posted 09-08-2014 07:03 PM 1889 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 …..

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln



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Ocelot

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 07:11 PM

I think it looks cool! Feature, not failure.

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 07:41 PM

Awfully hard on yourself “Oldtool”! I don’t see it as a mistake. If you’ve ever watched Antique Roadshow you know that value is not always determined by the “quality” of the item, but sometime by the “story” that comes with it! Your simple table already has a story and I like it.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 07:48 PM

Your worried about nothing. It looks fine.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 09:58 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated. I’m not being hard on myself, just realistic. I should have paid attention to the end grain as well as the top.
Remember; quality is in the details. The end grain could have been seamless like the top.
Ah well, live and learn.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 10:49 PM

Yours looks fine. As for me, I thought about end grain but not about what it would look like after oiling. Maybe we collect enough lessons learned we stop learning lessons?

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 11:14 PM

which page of the woodworkers saw dust manual says this is wrong ? I read the whole manual twice – cover to cover and I couldn’t find any mention of it.

btw – the end grain meets the larger boards perfectly, quitcher bitc%$#

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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Oldtool

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#7 posted 09-09-2014 12:24 AM

Dave G: not sure you’re referring to, but that chair looks great to me.
Recycle1943: I’m not bitc%$#, guess I’m just sort of a protectionist, really hate making what I perceive to be a mistake. If it could have been better, I should have done it better. However, I’m going to use it as is, and chalk it up to experience.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 12:35 AM

Slick Trick! Excellent work looks Great congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 11-18-2014 10:19 AM

Norm Abram always staggered the grain orientation when gluing edge-jointed panels. Made them more stable to seasonal movement.

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