Desk #3: Delays & Lessons Learned

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Blog entry by ilyac posted 06-18-2013 03:18 AM 1149 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow! According to my last LJ post, it’s been 273 days since I last actually worked on this table of mine. What can I say, work and grad school have kept me busy. But I’m back in action!

The glue up:
I glued all my strips for the table top. Because of the lumber sitting in my less than ideal garage for the better part of a year I had to contend with a good deal of warp. What I needed was a good set of cauls to provide even pressure across the top, but I did not realize how bad it was until the glue was in place. Woops?

Working the top:
After hitting it with a random orbital with 80 grit to even out the top I got to play with my newest toy, a veritas bevel up jointer plane. This was my first time using any bench plane and this thing was a beast. I ended up tearing out a few times (red oak is apparently prone to it because of the open pores) , but after re-honing with a 30 degree secondary bevel (total of 42 in the plane) things went a lot smoother.

The Legs
I got most of the legs all cut and I got to use my kreg pocket jig kit for the first time. It’s fantastic, rock solid. Right now i’m working on the cross members and shelf supports.

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