Don’t have a lot of time to write tonight but a picture is worth a thousand word right? So here are some progress pics of this week. Construction for the top is similar to the shelf: biscuits and maple splines.
Here is the bottom shelf wetted with mineral spirits.
and detail of spline
Here I’ve used tape for the top so I don’t have to mark the actual wood for biscuit locations
Here is a close up of some repair I had to do to one of the walnut top boards. There was a not so minor check on one end so I used a 1/8 kerf and cut it out, cut a sliver of walnut and glued it in. I also had an area of pitch showing so I hollowed it out and filled it with superglue and sawdust. It’s a little difficult to see in this pic but in it in the bottom right corner. I’ll take a close up when it is all done. Right now everything is just dry fitted.
Here is the top all glued up. Since the pipe clamps put a ton on pressure on the boards, they tend to bend a little, to counteract this, I used some spare board to stiffen the top. Once dry, it will be flat as opposed to curved.
And here are some pics of the finished top.
Something I did skip mentioning here is that while trimming the walnut edges of the top. I ran into some issues with the router. The walnut is heavily figured which can be disastrous if not dangerous to use a router on. I always check the edges of figured (or any wood for that matter) for checks or splits, etc. However, that doesn’t always mean there is a hidden split under the surface.
And I ran into that exact issue on one of the long edges. While using a flush trim bit, a huge chunk got snagged and got ripped right out of the edge. So I ended up having to trim about 1/2 off the edge. So instead of a 4 inch border I was left with 3.5. Disaster recovered and if I didn’t mention it, no one would know and that is all that matter right?
-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency Room...Twice...in one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.