I geared up today to finish the table that was started three years ago. I began by reviewing all of the original plans. Starting with the book “The Furniture of Gustav Stickley” by Joseph J. Bavaro & Thomas L. Mossman.
This book is a great Stickley starter book for furniture making.
I modified the original table by making it shorter in length. My old style drawings…..
I also wanted to try a few new things in SketchUp that I had learned over at the Fine Woodworking Design Click Build Blog
Here is my rendering complete with a Sketchy Lined watermark
I also tried tying some scenes together in an animation. We will see if I can get it to post here.
If not here is the link
Erasing the Past
All of the parts have been in storage in my office for a long time. I originally sanded the base parts to 400 but they have gotten some damage, and I have discovered that I like to finish the oak at 220 so back they go.
I took a closer look at the through tenon and noticed I have some clean up to do. But I also thought, clever me, I put a dowel through the end of the tenon to prevent slitting before mortising. It is only visible from the underside. Someone must have told me to do that.
My buddy Juan came over and we muscled the table top into the shop. It is so heavy at 1 1/2” x 42” x 78”.
Some genius (me) had stained the entire top by using it before it was finished.
Cereal bowl stain.
Water stains and my pencil marks for sanding.
It took an entire album (Vampire Weekend) to sand the top to 80 grit. I went cross grain slowly, then with the grain, and then hand sanded lightly.
Inspecting with light.
The flip side was not as messed up, so it only took about 2/3 of an album (Radiohead – In Rainbows).
It has the main piece of wood from Grandpa's Box
Great knots, so we will have to decide which side to use…. Hmm..
This side has a nice pattern write up the middle but the other side has better ray flecks.
Next time.. More grits and I visit a professional finisher to see how he does it.
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