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Refurb, Table for a Desk #2: Materials At Hand

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-30-2013 02:19 AM 1048 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Objective Part 2 of Refurb, Table for a Desk series Part 3: Time to Make Sawdust »

An exploration of the cabinet and would-table is in order.

Here’s the actual Lincoln part of the tandem, first closed then open.

It’s a well-made, hand-made affair, with the backside definitely of the ‘economy school of material sourcing.’

First time I’ve seen splines in the wild…

Back panel rabbet’d into top, with sides into dados of the top.

For the table, aprons show signs of being hand-planed…

... and are joined to the legs with M&Ts. Of interest are the bevels applied to the top edges of these pieces. Why? No idea.

Top attached with slotted screws run through the apron’s shallow-bored holes. Three each side, two each end.

Finally, the table has a bum leg (termites) that needs attention.

Plan is to remove the top, dis-assemble the support and shorten the pair of long stretchers to a width compatible with the cabinet. Then reglue, fix the leg and refinish!

Until next time.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 02:52 AM

So, no new back on the lincoln part?

You have imagination and a talent for these type things. I am pretty confident, this time, you can make it work. Lol

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 02:55 AM

Perhaps sand it and paint it? :-)

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Shane!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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lysdexic

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 03:58 AM

It is interesting that the door to the cabinet opens down.

What do you really need to rehab on the cabinet other than a stain for the back panel and a finish?

I am stumped as to how I would repair the leg other than re-turn the whole thing.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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ksSlim

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 05:46 AM

Smitty the “Wood Wizard”. More fun doing restores or redesigns with found wood.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 10:04 AM

It’s like a slant top desk in that regard, with the opened (lowered) cabinet door creating the writing surface. And this cabinet really doesn’t need anything but a little cleanup; I don’t think I want to alter it significantly at all; it is meant to be against a wall, after all.

Slim, it seems I’m always better re-working something than I am starting from scratch! Or maybe just more comfortable. Either way, I do love the old stuff that suffers from decades of neglect.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 11:22 AM

another great series. I’m waiting on the leg fix.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 12:07 PM

Surgeon Smitty to the ER. Smitty to the ER. We’ve got a guy in here with a bad back that might also need a leg amputation. Bring your tools. The sharp ones.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 04-30-2013 12:27 PM

Looking good! How about a chunk of turned wood on that broken leg, with a spigot that reaches up into the existing leg…drill a hole in the leg to accept the new. A little paint…

Smitty, I’ll bring some walnut from our barn, and my lil lathe…see ya in a few hours! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Don W

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#9 posted 04-30-2013 01:22 PM

I think I’d do a short piece of dowel, drilled into the larger end and lap jointed on the round end.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 04-30-2013 02:10 PM

I am sure that Stef would just strap it on with leather.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#11 posted 04-30-2013 03:06 PM

I think a dowel rod will definitely fit into the fix equation. Leather I’m not so sure. Is there consensus to do more to the back besides a good clean? I’ve really thought to lay off it entirely, surprised y’all want improvement there.

Did some cutting, next installment will detail the progress (or regression…)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Sylvain

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#12 posted 04-30-2013 05:29 PM

It is always exciting to see a new Smitty’s serie.
Do you plan to repair the leg with an intermediate part (=two joint) or to make a new feet (one joint).
Green leather covering on the writing surface could be nice (if leather was to be used).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 04-30-2013 05:51 PM

Sylvain, I really like the leather idea! That just may be a keeper!

The leg repair has everthing to do with the possibility of removing it from the table. Get it free, and I can turn it with a scab. If it stays in place, I have to scab and rasp / shape by hand. Third option is to turn a prosthetic and glue it in place with dowels (as suggested), but I have more confidence in shaping by hand than in turning and structurally adding a piece. Urgh. I also have thought about adding those casters that come with bronze boots that cover the bottoms of legs, but this is a desk and those shouldn’t scoot across the floor.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#14 posted 04-30-2013 07:44 PM

there’s always bondo!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 04-30-2013 08:59 PM

I’m not smart enough to use bondo, Don. You know how I like to aggravate myself.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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