Just for Fun... #34: Time to make it shiny...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-01-2010 03:41 AM 11855 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 33: Too much Enthusiasm=More Work!! Part 34 of Just for Fun... series Part 35: Feeling Better!! »

With all the trouble I had making the top for this small table, the wrap-up was utterly anti-climatic. I was determined to attach the legs with carriage bolts when the top was completed, and so I did…
First I clamped the legs one by one, along with the “Sandwiches” (and some scraps to protect the piece!) in place and hand drilled a 1/4” hole through the lot of them…Drilling a hole for a carriage bolt
Insert the bolt, tighten the nut over the washer, and these are on there strong enough for me to stand on it!!The "Sandwiches"
There was some final shaping of the legs involved and I took them off one by one and did the work…On my last leg...
I suppose this would be easier with a “Round-over” bit in the router, but I’m too cheap and old fashioned to buy one!! Plus, I didn’t want it to be rounded over for the entire length of the legs so what I did was mark it to cut a chamfer on the Scroll saw. The marking was done by the simple expedient of laying a pencil on the flat and dragging the legs by it…Marking for Chamfers
The Chamfer, where necessary, was cut by tilting the Scroll saw table to 45┬░Chamfers cut on tilted Scroll Saw
Some quick rasp, file, and sandpaper work on each and they were done…
The Table is now in the finishing “department” with two coats of brush-on semi-gloss poly already applied. I’m going to apply one more coat before I retire for the night and see tomorrow if it’s in need of any further applications…
You’ll see it next in the finished projects. Many thanks to those of you who followed along and commented on this latest adventure!! While I’m finishing it, I’ll have to be thinking of what to make next…
Perhaps a Box…? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 04:10 AM

Looking good Mister!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 04:16 AM

very stylish
great design

old fashioned or not

you do nice work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 11:05 AM

I’m sure the woman in your life are going to be so happy soon.
And when you realize it’s allways on her side of the bed, then you know excatly how to make one more…
I laugh!
No it’s important to share, I always serve some of the food on one plate, when I eat in bed with my caroline, just for the pleasure to share.
Look forward to see the presentation pictures of the tray later.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 12:08 PM

Nice work, Mike. That scroll saw of yours is a flexible old workhorse. Look forward to you next post.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 01:10 PM

Looks like a great enjoyable project.
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 01:53 PM

I like this table and it looks great. You did a good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 02:12 PM

You are the master of the scroll saw for things like this, Mike.
This is really coming along nicely.
Watch out for the storm! up there in NH.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 04:13 PM

Looks great! Now, put it to use and relax a little.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 05:57 PM

Another fine blog Mike. I enjoy the little tips and tricks you share.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 04:51 AM

Great journey Mike. You can rockn┬┤roll on that while having bkfst !!
Take care friend

I warn you on my next shoe shine box!! PLS no more cutting boards !! LOL

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 10-02-2010 06:47 AM

Cool Table, Mike!

I really like your approach to the splayed legs.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 10-02-2010 10:39 AM

You Dear Folks are too kind!! :)
Thank You all very much…
The Finish is being applied… I took the legs off again to do them separately from the top…Legs after Poly application
With any luck, the finish should all be dried by this afternoon, and I’ll be able to snap some pix…
Thank You once again, my Friends!!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 10-02-2010 11:25 AM

I’m with the rest Mike.
you’ll get a lot of joy out of this :)
thanks for sharing your journey!

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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