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Blog series by hobby1 updated 07-18-2013 03:42 PM 10 parts 15505 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: day 1

07-12-2013 08:33 PM by hobby1 | 1 comment »

I am taking a break from the serving trays, to build a rustic version. of a fine furniture piece, in my parents living room. It is a table that goes in front of a couch, This turned out a little blurry but it is easy to see its a fine furniture piece. I’m making this all out of 2×4’s, so later I can distress it, with my grinder, and wire brushes, and all kinds of goodies to make it look like it was built from aged and worn out wood. I started today buy purchasing ...

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Part 2: cont. day 1, cabriole legs rough cutout

07-12-2013 11:42 PM by hobby1 | 1 comment »

This evening, I got the legs roughed out,I just drew up my own version of cabriole legs, free hand, until it looked right to me, then made the templates. and the blank roughed out. and the frame dryfitted with the roughed out legs detail. that’s all for tonight, have fun shoppin.

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Part 3: day 2's morning progress

07-13-2013 02:43 PM by hobby1 | 2 comments »

Hi Mike,One step at a time, and it is starting to take shape. Since this is my work in progress build log, I’ll post my progress as it continues, rather than waiting for the completion to do any posting. This mornings progress, I started shaping the legs, I used my hand drill with a sanding drum, and started carving away at the leg blanks. Since I’m going to rustic this table, I don’t have to be very careful with the fine sanding of the contours, in fact the contour...

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Part 4: one picture, to update day 2's progress

07-13-2013 10:47 PM by hobby1 | 2 comments »

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 inte...

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Part 5: day 3's progress rustic effect

07-15-2013 11:18 PM by hobby1 | 1 comment »

Todays work was starting the rustic effect on the project pieces.I didn’t achieve any weathering aging or antiquing effect, so I’m sticking with the homemade rustic looks to it. I started by marking out the contours to be cutout on the bandsaw. then I did the round over routing on the apron pieces, and now cutout the last contours, I went too far in the cutting on the two pieces, where the dowel holes came through, but they will be filled,, if I was making this as...

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Part 6: a couple pics starting working on the top today

07-16-2013 08:52 PM by hobby1 | 1 comment »

Thanks Mike,I started working on the top today. I took whats left of the 1 full 2×4 and the partial of the other one, to give me enough to make 6 pieces around 42-1/2” in length, x 5/8” thickness. I resawed them on my table saw, to give me the required amount. I then doweled and glued them together, to make a panel. To contiunue with the top I will need to get some scrap pieces to glue around the whole perimeter of the top blank, so as to give...

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Part 7: cont. day 4's preparing the top for shaping

07-17-2013 02:09 AM by hobby1 | 1 comment »

This evening I was able to get started on thickening up the perimeter of the top. I resawed on my table saw the last bit of 2×4 lumber, and I needed a little more material to fill in the ends, I was able to use up some more scrap pine board shelves, I put them on both sides of a 2×4 block on the ends, to give a variance in coloration at the ends of the top. then I marked where the table frame will go on the bottom side of the top, so I know where to cut the pieces as w...

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Part 8: day 5's progress initial contouring the table top edges.

07-17-2013 03:23 PM by hobby1 | 1 comment »

Hi Mike, That ‘is’ rock solid construction on those sofa frames, doweling with the right kind of glue is just as strong as biscuits, in my opinion, I still find the best doweling jig for me is those dowel points centers, and a brad point bit, your right about the fir wood, I have to start my brad bit a little cautiously when I drill for a dowel hole, because if I go to fast the bit wants to grab some wood fibers and pull itself in another direction, but once I get a good pilot ...

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Part 9: day 5's conclusion of table top shaping

07-17-2013 08:10 PM by hobby1 | 3 comments »

This afternoon I was able to get a couple hours in, to start the shaping of the table top. I started out by grinding the whole interior, to see how the grinding effect would work. then I went with my sanding drum to do the primary shaping, and touched off with my grinder on the face side of the top edges. then I applied the light color stain as a base coat, to the entire top including the edges. then I went with the dark stain, first to the ...

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Part 10: day 6, completed project with pictures

07-18-2013 03:42 PM by hobby1 | 8 comments »

Thankyou guys, for those nice complements you gave in that last post..———————————————————————————————— Hello, Yesterday evening I sprayed on a coat of polyurethane over the frame and top, then this morning I permanently screwed it together, into a completed project. ——&#...

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