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Blog entry by kiefer posted 06-09-2013 02:23 AM 2123 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Everyone
It has been a while since I posted but health reasons have kept me away .
After finishing my last box and redesigning the base for the table I had another bout with my teeth and wound up at the dentist and doctor with severe swelling on my face and high blood pressure ( way up there ) and had to get it down to get the OK for my drivers licence to boot .
Well things are going a bit better and today I got into the shop for a bit to glue up the new arches which I hope will be the answer since the original base got voted off the island because they where too heavy looking.
Here are a few pics of the new base The kerfed board of walnut, done on the sled with a index pin and a thin kerf blade ,about 380 cuts total in four strips .
The kerfed board and the veneer layer with glue rolled on and a backer strip wrapped with shrink wrap so it won’t stick to the veneer during glue up .
The sandwich ready to be clamped .

The original base used as a form ,also wrapped with shrink wrap and lots of clamps .
Well this is today in the shop with two helpers ( great time for grandpa )

These are the four kerf bent arches all jointed up and cut to length on the back side of the table top .
This worked great as I was able to use the rim as a clamping aid for the blocks joining the arches .
A piece of dowel and a strip of 1/4 ” mdf worked just great as a clamp here .
Made these blocks today from a length of walnut with the edges beveled and then cut to length .
Drilled the holes and followed with a step drill just to add a little something, all four blocks fitted perfectly and all the kerfes lined up also ,nice when it goes like that .
Well with the two helpers like these two what else would you expect .
Now comes the big test ,will the arches be strong enough but judging by the arch I build for the kerf light this should work .
Well that is all for today and I will see how it goes tomorrow .
I hope your are all well out there and will try to catch up with you in the next little while .
On the bright side is that I retire at the end of the month as my job is just too demanding .

-- Kiefer

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 02:33 AM

Holy crap, I have never seen so many clamps in one place. you have more than Woodcraft!!
That should be a beautiful table!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 02:35 AM

Kiefer glad you are healthier. Enough to do some more of your creative stuff. Great helpers! Lots of Clamps!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 05:01 AM

Sorry to hear about the health issues Klaus.
These new pieces should make a great base for what is shaping up to be a very nice table.

On the retirement subject, I can’t speak highly enough about it. I’ve been retired for 9 years and it’s been a ball.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 11:43 AM

1st, glad you’re feeling better, 2ndly, congrats on your upcoming retirement… I highly recommend it to everyone. 3rdly, Wow! This table has some curves…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 06-09-2013 03:54 PM

Sorry to hear you had health issues, but glad to hear that you are better now. Also big congratulations on your forthcoming retirement! Leaving the job is difficult for many, but I doubt that many woodworkers have any problems like that. It just means you will have more time to enjoy your family, friends and hobbies.

I love the way you are doing this table. Any kind of curved stuff is always a lot more difficult and you are making it looks so easy! The veneering work is great too. I’m sure the finished table will be a real masterpiece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-09-2013 05:06 PM


Your woodworking is art and form. I didn’t see the part about retirement. In your case it might just be changing vocation. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 05:38 PM

Nice work on this. Hope you get to feeling better and better and retirement, once adjusted to, will be a breeze! This table will be a real beauty when finished. Great blog and great pics.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 06-09-2013 11:46 PM

Thank you all for caring and the congratulations .
Yes the GOLDEN YEARS I hope I get to enjoy some of them the way I picture them and I try to stay optimistic and busy .
Retirement hopefully will take the stress away which I believe is the cause of my health problems .
Well thanks again for all the nice and encouraging comments , it gives me a great lift .
Today I had some more time in the shop ad I was totally relaxed and things went well ,what a great feeling .

-- Kiefer

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