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Coffee Table Build #9: Top

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Blog entry by RoadHogg posted 12-05-2014 12:56 AM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ironically, the first thing I did for this project was to glue up the huge 42” square top…over-sized of course. A long time later, I pulled it out and began to put on the finishing touches. I bought a “Thumbnail” router bit from Lee Valley and I ran that around the edges. Of course, I worked a long time to make sure the top was square etc.

I built an extended router base to help stabilize the router while routing the edge detail (thanks Mark!).

I ran a 1/4” round-over bit along the bottom edge to complete the edge profile. (picture taken after stain)

I then sanded everything up to 220 but I went to 320 on the end grain. This helped prevent the stain from soaking into the end grain pores more than the face and edge grain. The stain worked out very even so I’d say that trick worked well.

All I have to do now is attach the top and drill some holes and screws through the base and into the feet, just to add some mechanical attachment to the case. Then I can re-install the drawer rails and drawers, then off to get some lacquer sprayed on it.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com



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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 03:20 AM

Wow! You picked some nice wood for the top. Well done. I may copy your router jig

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Mark Kornell

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 04:41 AM

Looking good, Brad. I agree with Kaleb, the QSWO is nice. That stain really pops the ray flecks.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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RoadHogg

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 04:49 AM

Thanks Kaleb and Mark. Yes, that stain works…it doesn’t mask the ray fleck like some stains would.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com

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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 05:00 PM

How did you level and sand that top? We had to rent the use of a 4’ belt sander to finish the larger
pieces on the kitchen we did.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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RoadHogg

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#5 posted 02-22-2015 06:22 PM

Gus, I cheated. I took the top to a cabinet shop that had a 50” triple belt sander. It was a piece of cake…just had to pay them to do it.

I’ve since bought a 24” double drum sander so If I did it again, I could at least sand it in two pieces and therefore deal with only one glue joint.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com

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