Wrestling with the table top

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 06-08-2016 02:13 AM 588 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the last picture in my previous post showed the wood I bought for the top. After looking at the post again, I didn’t feel the picture did the wood justice. So here’s a couple closer shots to see how impressively thick it is.

I was too excited to get started planing and I forgot to take pictures of the four large beams. The boards were originally 12 long, these are the 4’ cutoffs from them, which I plan to use for the chairs/bench.

So after a considerable amount of time and effort, the 4 big pieces were finally flat.

And by considerable, I mean I really, really, really large amount of time and effort.

A special thanks to my bbuddy and co-worker who helped with the process. I figured that trying to clamp all 4 pieces at once would be very difficult, so I decided to do 2 at a time first, then glue the two sides together.

This is when is got a little crazy. The clamps slightly damaged the inside edges that I wanted to clamp together next. Sooo, I needed to run the edge back through the table saw to clean them up. The only problem was the pieces now weighed a ton, and I knew that it would be impossible to keep it flush against the fence. A lightbulb went off in my head, and I was able to set up my second saw as an infeed table and clamp down an auxiliary fence.

Again some thanks go to my buddy for helping, as I dont think would have been able to process these pieces without him. After that, I clamped it all together and was happy to have 1 solid piece.

Last thing to do was transport it back to my house for assembly and finishing. It looks a little bigger in my garage, or I guess my garage is just a lot smaller than the shop at work.

Next up, sanding, staining, finishing.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 02:32 AM

That looks awesome. Great job buddy. Love the top

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 06-11-2016 11:51 AM

Looking good. A very stout table.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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