build log, a shop made rustic version of a " fine furniture coffee table" #4: one picture, to update day 2's progress

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 07-13-2013 10:47 PM 1326 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi mike,
Thanks for the complement,
I know what you mean about making a sample cabriole leg, to see how it would come out, I did that long time ago, after seeing it in a book, they showed how to do a compound scrolling on the bandsaw, and how to shape it with hand tools, and I thought, hmmm, so thats how all these fancy furniture legs are made. So I tried to make one. It took several tries to get one I was satisfied with.

Hi Buckethead,
Thanks for the complement, and thanks for taking an interest.

I didn’t do too much today, after shaping the legs early this morning, I stopped for the best part of the afternoon, then this evening when it was a little cooler, I cut out the contours for the apron pieces, I was going to post this picture along in the next progress post, (probably monday) but since I left off this mornings post with square
apron pieces, I decided to post this picture with the legs and apron all contoured to shape.

Have a nice weekend.

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 04:18 PM

Looks great so far. I expect you will be using a pretty heavy top on this table judging from the the thick aprons. Have you decided what to use yet?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 07:25 PM

Hi Mike:Thanks,

yeh, I have an idea I’ve been kicking around for the last couple of days, the frame took around two, eight foot’ 2×4’s, plus about 10 inces off of a third, and I bought four 2×4’s so I could use one 2×4, plus whatever is left off of the third one, what I was planning on doing, is resaw them down to 5/8’ thick, then dowel and glue them into a panel, for the top,

I’m trying to build this project as a rustic, reclaimed lumber, repurposed table.
Ive learned that antique auction dealers, don’t care to mess around with newly built, new looking furniture pieces, but they really like to deal with things that are newly built with old reclaimed material, be it wood or metal ect.. they also like to deal with repurposed things, example, converting an old looking ladder into a bokshelf, ect…

With all that said, here is my take on this project, before I began this build, I was going to try to make an accurate copy of the original using common 2×4’s, and make this into a fine furniture piece.

However the day I started this build, I decided to go with a rustic version, and now I decided to step it up another level, by aging the wood, making the top a freeform, using 5/8” thick in the field, for a glued up panel, but around the edges, to glue on thicker material, so as I cut a natural freeform edges, I can use my grinder and grind back into thick material to give the appearance of a thick slab ontop, then give it a old rustic worn look, then to step it up further to guarantee it would sell, I’m going to hinge (with old beat up hinges) the top, so it can be lifted up to reveal a nice storage area in the framework, when I build the storage area, I’ll use old pine boards, but instead of making it look like it was built into the table, I will paint the boards and the bottom will have boards cut into lath, with some distressing, and painted and scraped, to make the whole inside storage area look like, a bunch of old painted boards thrown together to make a quick storage are inside the table, the paint job will hopefully look like its been out in the weather, ect…

This way it would look like someone took an old beat up table frame, threw on a slab of wood for the top, hinged it and threw together a quick storage area for a specific need at the time.

I’ve been watching a lot of youtube on distressing and aging wood, to see if I can make this work this way.

So hopefully I can follow through with this plan, If I can’t get a satisfactory look on the wood finishs, then I’ll probable just build it as a table with storage unit and a nice fine rustic stained look, without the aging weathered effect.

Have fun in the shop…

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