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Refurb, Table for a Desk #5: Make Ready the Top!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 351 days ago 790 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: With a Foot to Boot Part 5 of Refurb, Table for a Desk series Part 6: Done & Done »

Attention turned to the top, and lest you think it’s not truly vintage OR that smoothers with camber get you forklempt, see if you can spot the gentles undulations on the side of the cabinet in this shot:

Anyway…

Time to cut the top at the RAS. I measured for overhang that basically mimics the top of the topper in total width (if you can follow that…)

I couldn’t resist getting a sneak-peek.

The topper has a cove and round-over detail that had to be matched at the desktop; I went to the shaper to make these cuts. First a truly blurry shot of the cutter that worked for the cove, then a pic at the shaper that also shows the caul I had to employ while shaping; when the table top was removed from the frame, it had a healthy bow to it. Fortunately the caul pulled it out so it could be shaped on edge (and when it was screwed back in place, the bow mostly disappeared).

Smoothed the top with the #164, then the #4 1/2, then the #2 to get to a low spot (the last vestige of the bow). But it all came out looking great. You can see the low spot in the last pic, it was addressed before moving on.

Now for something that’s very likely to not sit well with everyone: the top is way too dark to have a bottom that’s natural walnut, so I applied stain. Dark stain. I have several on hand, matched ‘Mahogany’ and it was game on.

Thing looks like reddish chocolate, but it sure matches the topper. I also have to remember there’s nothing invested in this table. As long as it compliments the desk topper, all is well.

Next segment is the final, with clear-coat applied and an all-finished couple of pics! Thanks for looking.

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



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Tugboater78

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#1 posted 351 days ago

Lookin good! Always look forward to a Smitty blog, just won a Craftsman version of a 78 today on the fleabay, thanks to your inspiration! Haha, been fighting for a 45 for over a week but no luck thia far.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Airframer

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#2 posted 351 days ago

That is looking great Smitty! I can’t wait for the finished shots.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 351 days ago

Nice Smitty
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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stefang

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#4 posted 351 days ago

Looks great. Can’t wait to see the final.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don W

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#5 posted 351 days ago

another SUPER SAVER. Nice job Smitty.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 350 days ago

Thanks, guys! I hope to have a coat of 3-2-1 on the whole thing by the end of the day, so pics by Tues I hope that calls this “Done.”

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

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Buckethead

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#7 posted 350 days ago

I am not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Been wondering why most LJers seem to rave about hand planes. In my previous life as a framing carpenter, I did have a use for a plane, but mechanized. It was to plane bowed studs in wall framing.

So many plane threads. I wanted to see a hand plane put into action in a manner which I could appreciate. This certainly fits the bill. Thanks for posting pics of what you did shot while you did it. I can certainly see value in hand planing now.

And by the way, that piece is astoundingly beautiful. I’m not sure I could muster the courage to take a blade to it, even if to save it.

Old wood is the best wood.

-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 350 days ago

Bucket – I certainly appreciate your comment and the ‘what are they really good for?’ skepticism. Planeheads (I consider myself one of those) can get evangelical at times…

I don’t know how much time you have, but invite you to check out some of my blogs for shots of all kinds of handplanes in use; they’re a huge part of my shopwork. I’ve done my share of framing and as a result of my work with planes carry at least a jack, scrub and steel block plane to each project now…

Thanks for checking in and you’re right about old wood!

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

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lysdexic

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#9 posted 350 days ago

A vintage shaper and a cocobolo toting #164 in the same blog entry…....

Strong.

-- 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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 350 days ago

I added a couple more pics of the flattening process above.

Thanks, Scotty. I do love the #164… The weight, the feel, the results are all top notch.

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

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waho6o9

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#11 posted 350 days ago

That stain gave it an elegant, antique like look
Smitty, good job.

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AnthonyReed

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#12 posted 349 days ago

The smoothing progression was fun to see. Great color match too.

Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 349 days ago

Waho, the 3-2-1 clearcoat is making it better, too. Very happy so far, and “magic coat #3” should be tonight; that’s the one to bring out the grain best, it seems.

Thanks, Tony. I took those extra smoothing process pics, then missed them in the original posting.

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

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lysdexic

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#14 posted 349 days ago

Going back and looking at the pictures, that wood has some very nice grain.

I concur with your observation that coat #3 of 3-2-1 finally gives the “wet” look.

-- 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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chrisstef

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#15 posted 349 days ago

Gettin Smitty wit it. Great revival on this piece in marrying the two. Lincoln would be proud. I cant wait for the final reveal.

-- "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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