|Project by Adam D||posted 02-15-2015 11:05 PM||1881 views||14 times favorited||9 comments|
This coffee table turned out to be pretty simple to make and I’m happy with how it turned out.
I thought I could manage the curved edges with just my bandsaw and a oscillating spindle sander, but it was very difficult and awkward to get a uniform curve with just that. I ended up dreaming up the curve jigs shown in the picture. First I drew the line, which I approximated every 4 inches from my plans. I then clamped the jig on the line, and used a flush trim router bit to finish the cut. It helped unify the curve nicely.
I couldn’t bring myself to toss away the beautiful burl in the cherry around a natural split that had formed in the wood, but I didn’t like the idea of leaving that split exposed for food and whatever to hide in. This was my first attempt at using a 2-part epoxy (meant for finishing a bar-top) and was very pleased with the result. I used painters tape to try to isolate the epoxy to the hole, and just poured it in. I found that my heat-gun helped reduced the viscosity which helped to release bubbles.
I sanded all the way to 600 grit. Not only did this eliminate the blotchiness associated with cherry, but it made the epoxy nice and clear so you can see into the split. I finished with linseed oil and 2 coats of polyurethane.
Thanks for looking!
-- Adam, Rochester NY