|Project by Karson||posted 04-06-2007 07:35 PM||7597 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I made this walnut slab table about 10 Years ago. The slab is a crotch walnut and I smoothed it using a hand scraper. The first time I tried that. At the time I thought that it would be the last time.
I tried to do a French Polish finish on it. First time on that also. It was a failure. I didn’t read the instructions (or didn’t follow the instructions read) and my polishing pad stuck to the finish. So it was alcohol and remove it. I took it all back down to wood and then finished it with Water Based Poly. First time on it also.
The base is a trapezoid. Square if looked at from the top or bottom but the sides taper in.
First time trying that also. I made my own walnut veneer. First time on using my own hand cut veneer.
I used Formica contact cement to glue down the veneer. First time and it was a failure from quality standpoint. The veneer shrunk and left cracks between the leaves of veneer. It was later filled in with small strip pieces of veneer.
The walnut slab has threaded inserts into it and then bolts through the base into the threaded insert.
While sitting in front of the TV. It sometimes showed that it was unstable. The base is smaller than the table top so if the kid tried to sit on the end of the table it dumped them on the floor. (That part was good)
David ( my hyper active foster child) (Now my hyper active son) used an electric screwdriver with the phillips head and modified the splits and cracks with small little circles. I was and may still modify the table to try out using a butterfly across the split.
I used a hand chisle to smooth the side of the slab because the walnut tree had laid on the forest gloor for a long time and most of the sap wood had rotted. So I used a chisle to peal off the rotten wood and get to solid wood.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †