Conference Table for Local Church #9: Lots of sawdust and chips but not much to look at...

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 08-04-2008 04:19 AM 1566 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Made the Supports and Fit the Legs Part 9 of Conference Table for Local Church series Part 10: Breadboards on, Skirt on. Ready to Inlay. »

The table is taking shape. This weekend was HOT!! Heat index to 107 on Saturday in Mississippi. So, I had to work 30 minutes or so and come in and cool off for 15.

I worked on the table’s skirt which will be 2 inches thick and 3 inches tall when finished. The sides will be 11 feet 4 inches long and the ends will be 46 inches long. I had to glue up the pieces because the longest stock I had was 10 feet and a little over 1 inches thick.

After I glued up the blanks, I glued on a 1/4 inch thick book-matched veneer.

Here is the veneer being glued.

Here is the bookmatched veneer and the seam.

With this seam in the middle of the long sides so I am considering an insert of walnut in the shape of a keystone. This should contrast nicely and match the inset walnut cross on the table top.

I also started on the breadboard ends to the large table. They are going to have to be 14 inches wide to make the final table top 12 feet long.

Here are the blanks. 15 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Since, I only have a 12 1/2 inch planer, I will use my Performax 16/32 drum sander with 36 grit, 60 grit, and 80 grit sandpaper to get them to thickness.

I have an idea on how to mate the breadboards to the table top. I will blog it in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for looking.

Quixote, sorry, no visible curls tonight. I took about an hour sweeping up all of the mounds of sawdust on the floor. There are few under the workbench on the other side. I guess I could have kicked them out and into the photos. Next week. OK?

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 08-04-2008 05:15 AM

Looks like a massive undertaking. Good luck on the completion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-06-2008 03:50 AM

My last project left me with a 5 gallon bucket of lovely curls…My 3 year old helped with her toy chest, picking the lumber etc…

The 1×12’s seemed to have warped somewhere between selection, glue up and casing, but that was ok because I turned my daughter loose on the high spots with a block plane.

While the contribution was negligeble in production terms, the afternoon, photos and memories were priceless. She tells everyone how she helped build the project, with pictures too! I saved some of the curls she made, along with the picture, put in a ziplock and and taped it to the bottom of the chest.

On the other hand, if I’d had a powermax super sander, that lid would have run through that instead. ;)

Thanks for sharing your progress, this is awesome to watch..


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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