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Twin Tenon Arts and Crafts Dining Table #2: Long Arched Rails, and Tabletop

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 608 days ago 1408 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Frame components and tabletop Part 2 of Twin Tenon Arts and Crafts Dining Table series Part 3: Breadboard Ends »

After pattern routing the long arched rails, it was time to turn my attention to the top. I started with 6/4 stock, all from the same log. Biscuits were placed every 6” to help with alignment and add strength. I once did an experiment with biscuits – joined two boards with biscuits (no glue) and soaked them in water for a while. I took it around to each family member to see if they could pull the boards apart—- and none could. I took the top over to Creative Woodworking NW in Portland, OR to have it drum sanded. They have a combination planer / drum sander that will handle 50” widths. I had it sanded at 120 and 180 grits, and it came out perfectly flat and smooth.

The top finished out at about 1-1/4” thick, which pleases my eye. Much thicker, and it needs a massive base to visually support the top.

That drum sander sure made my job easier.

Next up will be the breadboard ends and mounting the top.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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joewilliams

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#1 posted 608 days ago

That’s coming along nicely. The figure in the top should finish out nicely too!

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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Brandon

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#2 posted 607 days ago

Absolutely beautifu, Willie. I really like the design. Can’t wait to see the finished version.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 607 days ago

Whatever it cost to run that tabletop through the drum sander was worth it. That white oak is gonna pop so nicely with some finish on it.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 607 days ago

Yes, that drum sander saved a good days work. I like to use it for large tabletops or projects where the grain is all running the same direction.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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