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Mesquite Slab Table #2: Working Without a Plan.......

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 04-20-2018 10:47 PM 1315 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cleaning up the slab Part 2 of Mesquite Slab Table series Part 3: No Looking Back »

....and having fun doing so. This morning before I had to break for contractor visits, I was able to get a coat of Hope’s Tung Oil thinned by 50% with mineral spirits, on the top. This afternoon about 8hrs later, I hit it with some 000 steel wool and gave it another coat that was thinned by a quarter. I’m starting to like what I see. I should be able to get a third, but full strength coat on tonight after the hockey game.

Then after kicking around a few ideas and seeing what woods I had on hand, I proceeded to work on one component of the design I have in my head. Most of the lumber on my rack is dressed 2S2. Not my first choice, but it was a good deal and figured I’d get to use it for a few smaller projects. I have some bubinga and curly maple that I thought I’d use for this table, but they just aren’t right. The bubinga doesn’t work with the mesquite and the curly maple is dimensionally too thin for the intended purpose. Oh well. Guess they’re for other projects – probably boxes.

But I did have one 8’ length of some 5/4 cherry remaining from an order. It’s a bottom of the barrel piece with lots of sap wood. Seeing the sap wood on the mesquite, I figured I could make the cherry work for my low stretcher. So I cleaned it up, dimensioned it and glued it up to make a wider component that will anchor the slab table as a low stretcher.

Nothing substitutes for sharp but SHARP!

No longer having my jointer and planer is forcing me to use the hand tools I’ve collected. It’s also forcing me to hone my sharpening and hand tool skills. Happy to be making some shavings, I went at it. However the board started to get a little wonky as I wasn’t employing what I’ve watched over and over again in YT videos. I got frustrated. But I stepped back, took a breath and then focused on how to correct it. It’s not just about making shavings. It’s about making the right shavings. It took reaching back into my Paul Sellers memory to make it right. lol

Can’t think of too many things better than making a well worn path in the fluffy stuff. Good fun in the shop today even if it was interrupted a few times :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)



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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 11:01 PM

Hey, Bill, keep this and you will be competing against these guys. :)

-- Art

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 12:12 AM


Hey, Bill, keep this and you will be competing against these guys. :)

- AandCstyle


LOL Those guys are amazing. You have to wonder how that competition started. A a few woodworkers sitting around getting sauced on sake and beer betting one another who can make the thinnest shaving?

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 12:39 AM

All that expensive dust collector, and you’re going to need a broom. ;-)

Looks like fun, Bill. Welcome to the galoot side!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 12:59 AM



All that expensive dust collector, and you’re going to need a broom. ;-)

Looks like fun, Bill. Welcome to the galoot side!

- Dave Polaschek

I sweep the pile over to the floor sweep connected to the dust collector. It does an amazing job sucking it up :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 04-21-2018 05:03 PM

I love your new shop. This table is going to be beautiful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 04-22-2018 03:39 AM

Thanks Jerry. I hope I don’t let us both down :) I have a three coats of Hope’s Tung Oil on it and one coat of GF Wipe on Gel Topcoat. It looks pretty nice. Now if I could only finish the bottom half, I’ll have a cocktail table. Just been too many interruptions to get there. Hopefully tomorrow I can get that complete.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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