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Blog series by icemanhank updated 07-29-2013 08:37 AM 4 parts 3673 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: The beginning

05-18-2013 07:09 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Hi all, I was travelling home from an Australian town called Coonabarabran and just as the road enters the Blue Mountains, at a town called Lithgow, I noticed a sign in the front yard of a house saying they had seasoned timber for sale. Yep, I stopped for a look. There were lots of splendid large pieces of stacked Australian hardwoods and in the shed some really beautiful Burls, as soon as I saw this one I loved it. And yep I handed over the cash. After getting it home I have started...

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Part 2: Levelling table top and making legs

07-27-2013 09:35 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Hi again, It’s been a while as I have been away but here is my progress on the table. I have levelled the tabletop using a large belt sander and a straight edge, quite a time consuming job but I think the end result was worth the time. Then I hit it with an orbital sander using a few different grades of paper. Here is a pic after the first coat of Weatherfast Polyclear boat varnish, I decided not to fill the many holes as I want it to look as natural as possible. The varnis...

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Part 3: Legs

07-28-2013 01:28 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Busy busy, Just trying to have another dry run at getting the legs together, a final bit of ajustment to each key and slot and I should be ready to glue it all up. I think it’s going to be messy. (again the legs are upside down at the moment)

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Part 4: Gluing legs

07-29-2013 08:37 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

I thought this was going to be awkward and it didn’t dissapoint. I did another dry run using the strap and it went together perfectly, pulled it apart making sure everything was marked so it went back in the same way added the glue and would it go together properly…..................grrrrrrrrr. I had to pull it all apart again, I still don’t know why it wouldn’t go together but I managed using a mallett to get every thing in the right spot, the only problem was the ...

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