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Ash Dinning Table #1: Table Top

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Blog entry by TimberMan posted 12-09-2008 07:11 AM 1756 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just unclamped my weekend glue up of the main section of the dining table. I went Saturday to pick up the wood and since I don’t have a jointer I had them plane and joint it. I was a bit excited to get started and figured I would take some free time that I had Sunday to get the top gluing. The finished top is going to be 9’x4’ made from 8/4 ash.

I spent weeks trying to figure out what wood and what finish I would put on. I finally decided on ash after going through white oak, walnut, hickory and elm. The current plan is to stain it a chestnut. I really like the outcome of minwax gel chestnut but really hate the application of the get stain. Still researching if you can do something to the gel to thin it down. It just stays to think and tacky. I much rather wipe on an oil based stain.

I continue my research to find the right top coat/sealer. Whatever I choose will be non-yellowing and has to be somewhat durable since I have kids.

Pics will be placed in my Picasa album as I make progress.

I installed SketchUp on Friday and started playing with it to see what it could do. Very impressed with its ease of use and features.

From Dinning Table

From Dinning Table

From Dinning Table

From Dinning Table



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#1 posted 12-09-2008 03:11 PM

That thick top looks great…I really like ash.

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 03:35 PM

It started above ground then I moved the axis to draw the table top. Just never but it back. Not sure if correct but I did have it at the bottom of the front left leg in the picture. Not sure how but I was trying to work with layers as I had previously done 15 years ago with CAD in college but struggled with the top. It kept connecting to the table base. It was last Friday so I can’t recall exactly what it was doing in detail but I eventually got things worked out and had to do so by creating the top completely away from the table and then moving it back.

Thanks for the nice comments. My first plan was to only have the sides and breadboards ends be 8/4 and step the inside down to 4/4 but was concerned the that table may not move correctly and end up bowing. This is my first project working with wood other then 3/4” pine and oak. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to move it.

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 04:11 PM

Thanks for the info. I did start playing with components when drawing the legs. It is nice to only have to play with one and have it modify all instances. I also figured out how to break the link when needed to make them unique. I will have to play with the components a bit more as I see your point. I wanted to hide and show the top separately as well as the dimensions. I did not want to clutter up the drawing with dimension so I switched layers to place them.

Yea I figured I did not need to move it but for some reason it felt that while drawing the top away from the main table base the top was not drawing square. The lines just were not at 90deg. I was able to merge two layer attempts to get the results that I was looking for. I will now take your advice and make the top a component and merge that down to layer 0.

Thanks again for the good advice. I should probably do some homework on the program but being a software developer I like the challenge of figuring it out without directions. But good advice always comes in handy when trying to work more efficient. I’ll have to read through your blog to see what I can pick up.

I have to say I just bought two 24” monitors to sit side by side and it is one of the best investments I have made in a while. I spend about 10 hours a day writing software but putting SketchUp on one monitor and all the pop out windows on the other is really nice. I got them from office depot for about $250 on their website. I had to go to the store to pick them up and I tested them there for dead pixels. Good thing I did because two had a few dead pixels but well worth it in the end.

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 04:51 PM

That all makes sense. I found the guides. I don’t think I would have been able to do the drawing without them. I’ll have to set the color setting for the lines. That seems so much easier to verify. Your way of drawing the top would have been much easier. I probably spent a half hour doing what could have been done in about 2 min’s.

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#5 posted 12-09-2008 05:18 PM

Wow!

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