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Project by Derek Cohen posted 2555 days ago 1463 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sofa table I have just completed as a house warming gift for some friends. I was planning to build a cabinet as a tribute to Jim Krenov, having recently received one of his smoothers, but they asked for a sofa table, having seen and liked one I made for our home. So I designed and built this table in a style that I thought would be representative of JK.

This was also the first time I have worked with (American) Cherry, which is the top of the table. This began life as a single board that I discovered at a salvage yard. It was bandsawn into four boards, jointed and matched for grain. Planing this was fun … soft and easy to work compared to the local stuff.

Anyway, here is the final table. The base is Jarrah. Height is 760mm (30”) and the top is 1200mm (nearly 48”) long. The finish is shellac and wax for the base, and shellac, danish oil and Shellawax for the top. All joints are pinned mortice-and-tenon.

And a close up of the front stretcher – I almost forgot to take this one, hence the glue on the tenons!

In all, this project took about 4 weekends.

Thanks for looking.

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com





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woodspar

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#1 posted 2555 days ago

Great work! I really liked the photos of the planing work on the table top.

-- John

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 2555 days ago

Beautiful piece! The Krenov influence is unmistakable. I’m sure he would be pleased with your interpretation.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 2555 days ago

Silly question, but is that smoothing plane a Krenov made plane or is it one you made? I know the ones he makes are rough finished.

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

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Dorje

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#4 posted 2554 days ago

Thanks for sharing that – really pretty piece!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Don

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#5 posted 2554 days ago

Hey, Derek, great to see you here. Welcome to LumberJocks. You will love this community – none of the childish/churlish behavior found elsewhere. Everyone shows nothing but respect for each other – it’s very refreshing.

This must make at least three forums where you post. You are a great Aussie woodworking ambassador, so I look forward to more of your work.

What a great start, Mate. This is a beautiful table.

I was interested in three of your comments: the Cherry – where did you find that? Your comment on the difficulty of working Aussie wood, and the mention of Ubeaut's Shellawax, isn’t it a friction polish? How did you creat the necessary friction to bring out its polishing properties?

PS: I’m still using your lovely marker.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#6 posted 2554 days ago

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Derek Cohen

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#7 posted 2554 days ago

is that smoothing plane a Krenov made plane or is it one you made?

Hi Wayne. That is the plane I got from JK. It was fitting to use it in this project.

I was interested in three of your comments: the Cherry – where did you find that? Your comment on the difficulty of working Aussie wood, and the mention of Ubeaut’s Shellawax, isn’t it a friction polish? How did you creat the necessary friction to bring out its polishing properties?

PS: I’m still using your lovely marker.

Hi Don. Good to see you here too.

The Cherry was a nice surprise. The owner of the salvage yard where I found it said it was American Oak. At the time the board was too grimy to say just what it was.

I sealed the Cherry with a split coat of shellac, then rubbed on a couple of coats of Danish Oil to preserve again spillage. The Shellawax, as you are likely aware, is a friction polish for turners. I just buffed it on with a cloth wheel in a drill, having first sanded the top with 600 grit. The result is a really great natural and smooth look.

Glad you are still using the marker (Don is referring to a dovetail marking knife I made for him). I guess that I should present these as a another project (you can find a tutorial on these on my webpage), having run off another batch a little while ago (I only do this once a year). Here is a knife/awl set in Jarrah:

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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oscorner

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#8 posted 2554 days ago

Thanks for posting the photos and information on this project. They are very lucky to have you as a friend.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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