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Coffee table - Modification order

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Good day

I made this coffee table some 10 years ago in Japan.

It’s a 24” x 24”, Lauan, stained (5 years later) and mat varnish.
On the 3 pics above, you can see the original….

But, I got “Modification order” from my wife and the building story is on the following pictures.

Regards
niki

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WayneC

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#1 posted 2679 days ago

Wow. I hope your boss was happy.

I going to have to read this a number to times to catch all of the tips and techniques. It is a really good show case of your jigs. I would not have thought to use a pair of drill press vices to hold stock for finishing.

Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2679 days ago

Niki- solid restructuring, beautiful job. Is there another term for Nitro for cleaning hands?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Napaman

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#3 posted 2679 days ago

thank you for all the details…I love the learning!!! and beautiful results…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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niki

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#4 posted 2679 days ago

Thank you for your kind replies

Wayne
As I said, 45% of my machines is the table saw and 45% the router table so I have to get maximum use out of them.

The Vices are of Aluminum and have rubber pads (originally). I bolt them to the workbench that has screw inserts in specific places so it’s very fast to install/remove them, same with the bench grinder.

Douglas
The full name is “Nitro Cellulose Thinner”
Maybe you call it there “Nitro Thinner” or “Paint thinner”, we call it just “Nitro”.

I’m using the cheapest stuff that is used for paint brush cleaning.

Because I’m using Polyurethane glue that leaves black stains on the hands skin if you let it to dry, I’m cleaning my hands every 2~3 minutes (just the places that I touched the glue) so I don’t get stained. The Nitro is drying the skin so usually, after I finish, I wash my hands with soap and put some hand cream.

niki

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 2678 days ago

Wow. I’ll bet you are in the engineering field or something equally technical, because your work is so methodical and precise.

Great results! It looks like an elephant could stand on that table. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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niki

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#6 posted 2678 days ago

Thank you Charlie

Just small correction; “I was” and except the “engineering” the “something equally technical” is correct.

I made this table when “I did not know woodworking so good” and thought that everything must be built strong like the Space Shuttle…..:-)

niki

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Karson

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#7 posted 2678 days ago

Very good trail through the wook operations.

Showing your jigs in operation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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niki

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#8 posted 2678 days ago

Thank you Karson

That’s the reason that I posted the jigs first and then the “what I do with them” so nobody will think that they are just hanged on the wall…:-)

Regards
niki

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PanamaJack

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#9 posted 2678 days ago

Niki, I like the table, nice size and wonderful color. The re-du is a lot better actually. But, I have to say Niki…I like your shop a whole lot better than the table. I’m thinking you must be a teacher in woodworking, if not maybe you should be. Great work!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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niki

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#10 posted 2678 days ago

Thank you PanamaJack

So you like my “shop” ha :-), here it is at the winter, at the summer it’s the same but without the snow.

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The rule of the house is “the car must go in every night” so folding all the “machines” (TS & router table) and cleaning is a daily routine work.

In my “black past”, I was an instructor for 3 years and I learnt a little bit “instruction”
“Teacher in woodworking”??? I’m only an amateur and my knowledge is such that I’ll believe you if you say that “this is Oak” (and you show me Pine).

Thanks again
niki

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David

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#11 posted 2678 days ago

Niki – I really enjoy your postings! I love the detail and photos. Always fun to sneak into someone’s shop and see how things are done. You have a great setup! Teach me about you diagonal sticks for checking square. My only tip . . . modifications require new tools!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Chip

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#12 posted 2678 days ago

Nice stuff as always Niki. Thanks for sharing the process with us. Always pick up a few gems from your postings and greatly appreciate the effort.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 2678 days ago

Niki-
My wife got tired of my brown stained hands and fingers, so I have too wear Nitrile gloves with PU glue ups. De-natured alcohol (methylated spirit I believe the British call it) cleans up the gloves without weakening them. Thanks again for sharing the sequential photos, it is very helpful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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jockmike2

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#14 posted 2678 days ago

I really liked the sequentual showcase, and the jigs. But I’m every bit as interested in that chair (I believe) to the right of the table. Looks very unique. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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niki

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#15 posted 2678 days ago

Thank you for your kind compliments

Sorry for the late reply, yesterday I lost my Internet connection.

David
You can see the post about checking diagonals here
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/275
If you have more questions, I’m here…

Douglas
I don’t know about the British but here we call it also De-natured alcohol
Thanks for the tip, I’ll try it next time I glue.

Mike
the chair and the mask is a present from my son from his “African tour”, hand made, I don’t know what wood is it but looks very hard wood.

Thanks again
niki

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