|Project by drewnahant||posted 09-22-2014 03:11 PM||1489 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
Basics: I built this table for my buddy who always takes me water-skiing, so it is based on the design of a swim platform on the back of a ski boat( I included a picture if you don’t know what I mean), and “Waukewan” is the name of the lake where his house is, and where we ski. It is all sapele and maple. Finish is two coats west system epoxy, four coats gloss spar urethane. the only mechanical fasteners are four threaded rods which run through the center of the table top to strengthen the cross-grain rows of spacers and slats.
The whole story: I had a conversation with my buddy about how much nicer the teak and mahogany platforms on older ski boats are than the new fiberglass ones, that gave me the idea for a table design for him. This was three years ago, I drew it up in sketchup, figured out what I wanted to do with the base, but it sat for a while, because I knew I wanted to use mahogany , and it seemed like a bit too much investment for a gift at the time. Last spring I had a project at work which used about 1500 bf of 10/4 sapele, which gave me plenty of cutoffs that would have gone to the firewood pile, 1/2” rips for the bent top, 30” long cutoffs for legs, I only had to buy one board for the upper stretcher, and the maple slab for the center of the top. So I bought a gallon on west system 105 epoxy for all my glue ups and the finishing, and I got started. Unfortunately after a few weeks of evenings working on the legs, laminating the bent slats for the top, etc. I got busy at work, lost interrest for a while, then I started a bunch of projects for my sister’s wedding. Basically, I didn’t touch this project for about a year. Then about a month ago I got tuberculosis…... I started treatment, and felt better almost immediately, but the board of health won’t let me return to work until I test negative for contagious germs, so I suddenly had plenty of time to finish my projects. And the timing worked out nicely, I finished it just in time for my friend’s birthday.