Walnut slab leftovers? #6: Top is on, and a coat of....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-21-2015 04:03 AM 725 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Witch’s Brew. Got the top on last night, and brought the table upstairs to show off a bit..

Note to self: Next table, make the splay at 5 degrees, NOT 12. Also, use a thicker, wider top with these kind of fat legs

The Boss has decreed this to be a Night stand/bedside table. She could also put one of her LARGE potted plants on it.

Table didn’t need much sanding. Took it back down to the shop tonight. Thought about just a clear coat of varnish…but with them white legs…..maybe I should “Tan” them? Found the quart can of Witch’s Brew..

Witch’s Brew? A quart can, into which I pour the last remnants of whatever can of finish had been used in the shop…stains…..varnish…BLO….Rather than a collection of almost empty cans sitting around. Stirred this evil smelly brew up…..looked a might on the red side..

had to add a couple planks acroos the bench, this table has a WIDE stance.

I started out with the table sitting on it’s top. I worked my way from the feet down to the top itself. There are white, plastic “Feet” at the end of each leg. just nailed on type on things. Point of the nail goes right where the dead center of the lathe was. I think you can see a couple under the legs.

Plan now? I will let this smelly mess dry over night, steel wool to “rub” it out. Then, maybe either a second coat of the Brew, or just a coat of gloss poly. Need to go out and get a few more brushes, too. Woodwork is done, finish is almost done… time I’ll post as a Project, stay tuned for that….

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

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 04:10 AM

I appreciate the “Notes to Self,” and would agree at first glance. That said, I love the different feel the piece has. Turned the legs, too. A total win there. Q: Do you think the dowel-rod-type stringers will hold up over time? The 12 degree splay might have them a bit overexposed. I don’t know how I’d ever locate the anchor points for those, you done good!

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 11:57 AM

I also think you may be right on the splay , but just the same very impressive creation Bandit.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 09:33 AM

The splay of the legs is is not wrong in itself, it depends of the usage.
You might want to make a second one. I envision you learning to a big cat to spring from one stool to the other through a hoop ;-)

Support for a large plant is certainly a good idea. The added stability is a bonus if you have small children or big pets running in your house.

If you don’t like it, and if you used hide glue you might disassemble it and rework it.

I am always admiring what you are doing on your “one afternoon bench”.
The joynery was challenging and is certainly very well done.

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

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