|Project by marcb||posted 06-29-2015 06:31 PM||495 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I made this a little while ago but figured it should get uploaded.
Original design based loosely on a bistro table and a beefier farm table.
The top is some beautiful cherry I received during a trade of tools for wood years ago, it had been air drying and was ready to be used.
I put a back bevel on the bottom side of the table that is roughly 15 degrees. This made the table visually “lighter” while still allowing for a table top that is about 1 1/8” thick. More mass to keep the table from bowing and getting moved around easily during use.
The rest of the table is ash that was treated with a wood ebonizing kit (two part kit) making it a nice dark chocolate black/brown. I wanted dark but I didn’t want to eat through my walnut stash and walnut was a bit lighter than I had envisioned.
This kit penetrated deeper than a Minwax stain or die and allowed me to hand scrape the wood smooth after application without destroying the finish. I like the dark color contrast with the cherry but the character of the wood remains (vs painting it black) the grain and features of the wood stand out enough.
I did a lot of the work with a Lee Valley Jack Rabbet plane. I used it to smooth the end grain after the glue up and cut most of the bevel on the bottom (did some with a vintage 605 1/2 as well).
This remains the one and only time I’ve used my taper jig I bought for my tablesaw 10 years ago.