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Blog series by William updated 11-26-2012 11:45 PM 7 parts 10732 reads 109 comments total

Part 1: Skirts, Legs, and Something aint right.

11-14-2012 01:14 AM by William | 21 comments »

My mom said she wanted a table for a radio she bought. She gave me the measurements, the hieght she wanted, and told me to just go from there and build her something. So I have been thinking for a little while now about how I want to build it. For loved ones, I usually like doing something different. How do you do a table different though?Well, following, I came up with an idea for a different table. Now, I don’t claim this is completely original. I am sure somewhere, someone, has built...

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Part 2: Waming Up Now

11-15-2012 12:49 AM by William | 12 comments »

If you read the blog post from yesterday, I had a problem with glue adhesion. This morning I disassembled everything. It all came apart as if there had been no glue on it to start with. Some of the parts did have that initial pop as the glue let go, but it was very clear that the glue had not done as it should have at all.So, since I think temperature had something to do with it, the first step today was to get that shop warmed up. I went and borrowed a thermometer from the house. I really ne...

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Part 3: Take Two

11-22-2012 02:41 AM by William | 15 comments »

I apologize for the lack of a finale on the radio table. I got kind of frustrated with it and took it straight to a project post. As some of you know, I was unhappy with the end result of that table. Here is take two though. I’m building another one.As it turns out, my Mom loves the table. She can’t wait until she can make a trip from Atlanta to pick it up, and visit of course. Before she gave her nod of approval though, my wife had already started hinting that she wanted it if my...

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Part 4: Changes Made From The Test Subject

11-23-2012 12:43 AM by William | 14 comments »

I’ve started calling the first table I built my test subject, since I learned several things I didn’t like with the design I used. So, with this table, I’m taking steps to rectify some of those things.On the first table, the legs were solid material, and I assembled it and the skirts all together at once. This required me to have to work very quickly. On this one, I’m making the legs a little differently and it is allowing me to work from the bottom up in stages. This ...

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Part 5: The Shelf Surfaces I Wanted

11-25-2012 02:39 PM by William | 17 comments »

I am posting yesterday’s progress today. I wasn’t up to posting last night. So I had to wait until today. I titled this post about the shelf surface. I will get to that, but first, sanding. There was a lot of sanding. I love working with cottonwood. There are a lot of advantages to it. In my opinion it is a good wood. When prepped good, it takes finish real well. That will come in handy considering I plan on staining this one dark. Sometimes though, with cottonwood, there is a lot...

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Part 6: Drawer Front

11-26-2012 01:03 AM by William | 12 comments »

I had several way I could go with the drawer front. I could have simply made a different shaped version of the shelf tops. However, I wanted something different, but in the same style. I had thought of several ideas. Let me back up a second. As I said in the last blog installment, I have been hurting today. After posting this morning, I went back to bed. I dozed off for a while. Then I woke up and started to thinking about that drawer front again. The more I thought about it, the more I just ...

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Part 7: Assembly And Stain

11-26-2012 11:45 PM by William | 18 comments »

Today, after some final sanding, it was time to start assembly. The top and shelf surfaces were glued and dropped into place.The drawer front was glued on.Then I drilled the holes for the knobs my wife picked out.She picked these because they are the same ones on her jewelry cabinet. She said she likes them and wanted the same. I’m using Minwax Dark Walnut stain. This is one of my favorite stains. It gives off a different effect depending on the wood and how you apply it. You can obtain...

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