Not so cheap table

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-31-2013 08:56 PM 1480 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lucked into a couple planks the other day

Figured I could make a small table out of two planks. They were 4/4 by 6” by 90” long. Sawed up one plank into 30” long blanks. Then some work with the hand planes

Mainly to get some glue joint worthy edges. I also ran the smoothers over the faces of the three boards, just to see what was under all that rough-sawn stuff. Got the three into the clamps

Next morning, took the slab out of most of the clamps. I kept two clamps on, just so I could work a bit on the top. I laid out the center lines on the underside of the top ( it looked the worst of the two faces) and then drew out a fair curve for the end. Three screws&one thin piece of plywood. bend it until a cuvre I like shows up. Mark it out, and grab an old sabresaw from the 70s. New blade in it, cut the first end

Save the cut-off. Mark the other end to match. Saw that end.

And we now have a fancy top.

Hang a few clamps up and out of the way. That square hanging there made the center lines. Got the other plank into a vise, and handsawed three blanks out of it

I will see what parts I can saw out of these three. Long & Short aprons, maybe some legs? Brain Cell I am using as “SketchUp” is saying something about a “Floating” top…

Stay tuned, this could get …...interesting…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 12:51 AM

Looks like that is going to be a goodie.


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 06:09 PM

Salvaged some parts off an old table. Table that someone threw in the trash, that is. I can clean up the fancy legs

and re-use two aprons as patterns

to cut new ones out of walnut

Just have to allow for tenons on the ends, and watch out for knots in the walnut plank

Seems to have a few knots. Will NOT be re-using the iron hardware, though. The cuts needed for them, weakened the aprons. There was no real connections to the legs. If the nut on the leg bolt worked loose, bad things happened. And did. The table even had a maker’s Mark on it. Called a Mersman Table.

Reclaim, reuse, recycle…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 03:14 AM

YOU don’t need no stinkin’ hardware….
But I do!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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