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Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) #18: One step back to take two steps forward.

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 1008 days ago 4456 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Stock Prep Continued: Planing Parts For the Base. Part 18 of Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) series Part 19: Resawing by hand, and some further stock prep »

Just a quick entry today before my wife kicks me off the computer.

The reclaimed walnut from heaven/hell, I ditched it. Not because of the figure being difficult to plane, but because when I opened up the two large slabs I saw the most GORGEOUS wavy figure. As I intended this to be used for the legs, the figure was compromising the integrity of the piece. No matter how many times I tried I could not get 4 legs with straight grain from end to end (or even close). Kept as larger pieces the walnut will be great for a trestle style base for my wife but the smaller legs were not happening. Fortunately I have a beautiful piece of beech and a piece of brown oak the likes of which you will not believe. I have laid out the cuts on these to slabs and wondering why in the heck I did not choose this wood in the first place.

Such is life. Take a look at what I mean.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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Brit

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#1 posted 1008 days ago

Those boards are going to make a nice table Ryan. Definitely the right move to switch.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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RGtools

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#2 posted 1007 days ago

Glad you agree. To say I went back and forth at first is a bit of an understatement. I hate switching gears after I have started cutting wood but I hate even more to work towards an unwanted result.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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mafe

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#3 posted 1007 days ago

Yes beautiful wood Ryan, I love that top piece.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#4 posted 1007 days ago

I have been saving that piece of beech for a long time. I love to find wood that inspires me. Color in a typically boring wood excites me.

Best thoughts to all. Happy Thanksgiving too.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 995 days ago

I have been enjoying your post on the in and out of hand tools. Keep them coming.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 994 days ago

Thanks, I am glad you are having fun.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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