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Project by Kelly posted 05-02-2014 09:27 PM 1147 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend gave me a nice piece of acacia which I used for the top of this small table. The slab was about 3/4”, pretty rough and badly bowed. It was also stained on the one end, I’m assuming from some oil that leaked from his mill. I let it sit for a few weeks with some weights on it, trying to straighten out the bow but finally had to put it in the tub and soak it for a day before I was able to get it to where I could use it.

The bottom of the table was made from some cherry I had from another project, it wasn’t really enough for what I wanted but I cut some corners and made it work. I tried to make the apron match the bump and offset in the top, but it didn’t turn out quite how I pictured it in my mind (which is usually the case) but overall I’m happy with it. I was able to cut the stained wood off and still have enough so that the table fit neatly in this little corner of the wall.

I used several applications of a spray lacquer to finish it and was disappointed in that it turned the rich red color of the the acacia to a dark brown… live and learn (-:





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#1 posted 05-02-2014 11:08 PM

Outstanding table. You can still see a red in the brown. I think the finish is excellent.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 02:17 AM

We’ll you may be a little disappointed with the final outcome of this table, but by standards it looks pretty darn good. I like natural edge treatment when it’s used, and you did a good job with that. Had you cut off the “bump” as you call it, this top would not be as beautiful as it is. The apron treatment worked out pretty good too, protruding out enough for support, but not so much as to take the viewer’s eye away from the natural edge.
The third photo appears to be the natural – before finish – color, which appears to match the final product, but deepened by the lacquer. Maybe the photos don’t present the true colors well.
The thing that interested me most about this table however, is the bathtub soak to remove the warp. I’ve been contemplating doing just this with something I need to straighten. I guess if it worked for you, it should work for me too. Please post if the top somehow manages to bow back again, as this was my main concern about doing such a soak.
Thanks for posting.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Kelly

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#3 posted 05-03-2014 02:52 AM

Thanks Bruce, I guess I just wasn’t expecting it to turn so dark. But, still pleased with the overall outcome.

Oldtool – I’ve had this sitting in my home for a few months now and there are no signs of the wood bowing or twisting in anyway. Thanks for the compliments, you are right about the color although the third pic is really washed as it was taken out side in the bright light and doesn’t show the reds. Good luck with your own soaking project. I was both surprised and pleased on how well mine turned out.

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#4 posted 05-03-2014 09:34 PM

Very Nice Work!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 12:54 AM

the top is great.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 01:26 AM

Kelly,
Regarding the soaking of boards, I just received an update from a blog I follow, concerning this very topic. You can read it if interested, at this web address: http://anthonyhaycabinetmaker.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/i-love-wood-i-mean-that-with-sincerity-and-sarcasm/
Sometimes it works, sometimes, well, you can read it for yourself.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Kelly

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#7 posted 05-06-2014 11:18 PM

Oldtool, thanks for the link, it sounds like I just lucked out with my table top.

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#8 posted 05-08-2014 02:14 PM

Very nice project. Very pleasing to the eye.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 05-28-2014 09:44 PM

This was one of the first pieces we milled. Someone said that if you put wax on the ends of the wood it might help prevent it from checking. I had some soy wax on hand, melted it, and applied it to the end. That’s what the stain was from. I like what you did with this piece.

On a table top I made with the same acacia, I used a sanding sealer before using spar urethane and the sealer helped preserve the color without darkening. Here’s a link to pictures. Not very good light though.
acacia table

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