First companion table

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Project by KBC posted 12-23-2008 08:34 AM 1393 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was a no thinker type,it just designed itself over three days.
The wood was left over scraps and ‘rejected’ mahogany levels(to be made into brass bound levels)

Strips glued,planed and wrapped with more mahogany(because of the thin strips this table has a plywood backer)

The skirting is oak and the legs are ash(from a tree felled in town for road expansion)(air dried for 4 years)

The finish I had problems with,the spar varnish (I believe) was old and didn’t set up well,also it left ‘pits’ in the final 2 coats.


-- Ken, Northern Illinois,

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#1 posted 12-23-2008 09:25 AM

Interesting color combinations!

I like it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-23-2008 09:45 AM

Where’d you get the cast off mahogany? I wish I had good lookin’ scraps in my shop.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#3 posted 12-23-2008 04:11 PM

Nice use of “scraps”!

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

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#4 posted 12-23-2008 05:02 PM

Hi and thanks for the compliments!

WhiskeyWaters,the cast-off mahogany were rejected level blanks(the holes for the bubble chambers and handles were already in the blanks)For whatever reason they got rejected by the MFGR. and ended up in an old barn I had gone to, to bid for repairs.The owner of the barn showed me the 1200 blank ‘rejects’ in the building and offered as many as I could want,,just to leave a few,so I took 800(all I could fit in my vehicle with all my equipment and whatnot)

I have had them ‘on the shelf’ for 10-12 years,only making a few items as there is only about 1” X 1/2” of usable lumber to them,the ‘handle’ pieces can be reused on small projects needing cool wooden handles so they aren’t pitched into the woodburner.

Out in the country,the neighbors don’t really see the value of old wood,even the walnut on this table was from recovered roof sheeting off of a barn which was downed by the winds.

We have been given 1200+ board feet(real 1 X 12) barn siding(the man even delivered it and helped unload/stack it) all de-nailed!

I have to say,country hospitality and fair trade are very strong here in Illinois!

-- Ken, Northern Illinois,

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