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Butcher Block Table #2: Coming Together

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Blog entry by cckeele posted 11-12-2007 01:34 AM 2727 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So far so good. I ran into a couple hickups here and there but im still on target. About now I am wishing I had a drum sander, Jointer and a drill press. Please Santa come soon! These things probably would have made this venture much easier, but with a lil elbow grease and some buckets of sweat I have been able to get most of the hard work done. On to the highlights…


Im still sanding, yeah, yeah, yeah…..


Got the table base built up and doing a dry fit on the top. I bought the legs for $12 ea at Lowes(WOW). Rockler charges $45 ea for the same ones… Even if I had a lathe I would have bought em at this price.


Dry fit checks good, now onto some more sanding..lol

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-12-2007 02:02 AM

Thanks for the update! Looks like it will be a nice project!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Karson

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#2 posted 11-12-2007 02:48 AM

It looks great. Chris. I like it. What is the final size?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Brad_Nailor

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#3 posted 11-12-2007 03:50 AM

Looking great. You don’t have a local cabinet shop with a wide belt or Time saver that would sand that for you for a fee?

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cckeele

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#4 posted 11-12-2007 04:39 AM

Karson,

Final diminsions: 25 1/4” X 17 5/8” X 4” Thick. The overall height is 33”.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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cckeele

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#5 posted 11-12-2007 04:54 AM

Brad,

Im sure there is a local shop that would have done it for me, but I never looked in to it. I didnt count on this much sanding but the Maple decided to be more than uncooperative. After I had it milled, alot of the stock began to warp immediately, so all my straight lines pretty much dissappeared on me. I think a 6” jointer would have cured the majority of those problems. I tell ya though, a drum sander and a jointer are definately on the list for me. What took me all day could have been done in minutes with the right tools for sure.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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SPalm

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#6 posted 11-12-2007 06:14 AM

Hey Chris, it looks nice. Good price on those legs. You could try a router and a sled to level that top.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 11-12-2007 06:38 AM

Looks good Chris, those are the same legs I used on the Ranch Kitchen table(see my projects). At the price I can’t turn them either and will use them again. Osborne is another place to get turned legs at a reasonable price.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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cckeele

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#8 posted 11-12-2007 03:26 PM

Steve,

Thats a great idea and I did consider it before I got started, however the only router I have is a porter cable 890 fixed base thats in my router table and I cant really use it right side up right now cause its missing a C clip that holds the collar release alignment pin from falling out.lol. Thats another story there.. Anyway every time I find myself at the hardware store I seem to forget that I need to find a replacement for it. Its probably a 4 cent part too. I got about 4.5bf of 8/4 Walnut and about the same left in Maple I plan on doing some cutting boards this week. I will probably do a sled then for sure.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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SPalm

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#9 posted 11-12-2007 05:15 PM

If you shift every other row by a half a block next time, it will hide a lot of misalignment. The eye is real critical with those checker board patterns.

FYI Here is a link to my favorite router thicknessing sled. It is so simple. (Not me in the pic.)
Sled

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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miles125

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#10 posted 11-12-2007 06:20 PM

That should be one tough cutting surface for years to come. Looking good.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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cckeele

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#11 posted 11-12-2007 09:35 PM

Your right Steve. I think next time I will try using a variation of block sizes instead of a checker board type pattern. Thanks for the router sled pic. Looks easy enough to make and will come in handy I am sure.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#12 posted 12-18-2007 01:12 AM

Hey Chris if you want to drive to north Phoenix I can take care of your drum sanding needs until you get something:) Just drop me a line and let me know what you have going on and I am sure I can hook you up!

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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