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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-23-2015 01:52 AM 6088 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SPECS

Timeframe: June – July 2015

Wood Used: Reclaimed Vintage Butternut, Reuse of White Oak

Galoot Index: Let’s see… boards cut to length with Summerfield Table Saw (Hah!),

then jointed for glue-up with Heft & Hubris. Resultant top initially surfaced with cambered Jack, then had to thickness the 3/4” stock to about 5/8” using said jack plane. Rounded the edges with Rounding Plane (Woodie). So Pretty strong GI, maybe a 9?.

Top of table smoothed with #164 (a bit), #4 ½ (mostly) and just a little #2 action. Finish was hand wiped, with final rub out with steel wool and wax.

Cost: $0, all materials on-hand.

NARRATIVE

My son picked up the folding legs table as a $5 auction find, but the top was toast. He asked if I could (wanted to) fix it.

Used some stock I had come by some years ago, didn’t know what it was but figured it was ‘matching wood’ and there was enough there to complete the project.

I used some of the original top (white oak) to create replacements for the side apron pieces (those were severely twisted and had to go). Many seams on the top, as I ended up finding termite damage on a couple of the boards that had to be cut out. Also a knot that really had to go (although a few nail holes and one knot remain).

Four coats of wipe-on finish, a 50/50 mix of poly and danish oil.

Once all that was done (green pad rub outs between coats), I used 0000 steel wool and Liberon wax to rub out the final finish, from near-gloss to a soft, satin look and feel.

Pictures show the beat up top, the rough stock being cut to size, the bench surrounded by shavings from the thicknessing exercise, and various shots of the folding mechanism under table. Then a couple of the finished product. Here’s how it stores.

No blog, didn’t think I’d set this as a project either, but decided to commit it to LJs before deleting the pics for good. As always, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --





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Pat3

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#1 posted 07-23-2015 03:23 AM

As always, very well done my friend.
Love your work and process, you da man!

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CFrye

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#2 posted 07-23-2015 03:59 AM

Glad you shared it, Smitty. Good save on the old style folding leg mechanism. It’s good for another lifetime! The butternut is beautiful.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 07-23-2015 05:46 AM

Very very nice. But do you really delete pics?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 07-23-2015 08:58 AM

Nice restore Smitty. Butternut is great looking wood with an interesting color and grain.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don W

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#5 posted 07-23-2015 10:18 AM

Well done Smitty.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 07-23-2015 11:55 AM

Thanks, everyone, for commenting! It was a fun project, typical because it found me rather than the other way around. My biggest concern is the potential for damage to the edges when setting it up and taking it down, the butternut being being pretty soft. It is what it is though!

Yeah, I delete most pics of the process, save a few. So a project post should happen before that purge.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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theoldfart

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#7 posted 07-23-2015 12:31 PM

Smitty, good job BUT, minus .01 GI for steel Philips screws!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 07-23-2015 12:37 PM

I found the origs and put them back, it was driving me nuts. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 07-23-2015 01:03 PM

Good man, +.1 GI :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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AnthonyReed

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#10 posted 07-23-2015 01:49 PM

Beautifully done Smitty. The butternut is fantastic and I absolutely love the hardware.

Wish you’d rethink deleting your pics and store them on another device instead, I bet your grandchildren and great grandchildren would love to see how granddad flexed his skills.

-- ~Tony

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terryR

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#11 posted 07-23-2015 02:18 PM

Nice work, Smitty.
Love that table saw!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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duckmilk

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#12 posted 07-23-2015 02:57 PM

Very nice Smitty, the top looks great. I love the simplicity of the folding mechanism. Are those just some kind of rod or U bolt that the legs pivot on?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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drewpy

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#13 posted 07-24-2015 01:08 AM

Great work and end result. That butternut looks really nice. Thanks for the narrative as well.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 07-24-2015 01:55 AM

Thanks all!

Duck, it’s an “L” bolt through the apron, and one block is needed with each leg set to keep them from sliding out of place.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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