Stickley Dining Table no. 622 #2: Sketchup Animations, Plans, and Erasing the Past...

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 07-03-2008 06:22 AM 12133 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

One side

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.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 07-03-2008 06:32 PM

Cool, thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see it once it is assembled

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 07-03-2008 10:19 PM

cool. really nice animation too! thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 07-04-2008 02:21 AM

This is a nice sturdy table, John. I made one 84” x 38” for my wife. Finished it natural. Wife is not too keen on the dark furniture.

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#4 posted 07-04-2008 02:33 AM

Beautiful table. I think it will be around for a couple hundred years. Don’t forget to sign and date it.

-- Richard

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#5 posted 07-04-2008 03:34 AM

Very nice John; Can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m still trying to get a hang of SketchUp.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 07-04-2008 07:20 AM

Looks like you’re up to completing the lost and (not so) forgotton pieces these days. I commend you for that! I’m just getting around to finishing a little table I started last summer.

That’s gonna be a heck of a dining table!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 07-08-2008 06:47 PM

Love your table.
Why did you put the dowl into the end?
“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.”

Can you elaborate?
Any one have any expiriance with Brasilian Mahogany, I got some from a friend who could not use it.
He had got it for wood flooring with toung and grove, but it warped and was unusable for flooring..
Now I want too try to make it into a table….


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#8 posted 07-08-2008 07:54 PM

I put the dowel in the end so that when I mortised or hammered in the loose tenon, there was extra reinforcement.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#9 posted 07-09-2008 12:02 AM

Beautiful table I can;t wait till it is completed. Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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