Figured Maple and Walnut Coffee Table #4: Weekend #4 Finishing touches on the top and shelf

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Blog entry by bohnsai posted 10-25-2010 04:21 AM 11022 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 04:54 PM

damn ..that looks great man
thank’s for posting cause i’m always learning from you guys you know

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 11:35 PM

It looks great.

How did the superglue and swadust work for you.
The last time I tried that with oak it turned the white oak to brown. I guess with walnut it won’t be visible.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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