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Project by LeTurbo posted 01-30-2016 05:05 PM 1415 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suppose I like sidetables because they use very little wood and are a good way of getting rid of offcuts. There’s less than a metre of 30X30mm oak used in this base; and about 500mm of the wider stuff.

The top is two short boards of kiaat that came off the end of another project. A new technique was putting that slight curved edge around the bottom. I did it on the table saw …. carefully! Having cut an accurate circle with the router and a beam compass, I clamped a V shape of scraps to the table saw. These guided the circle. Then I started the saw, turned the top, raised the blade, turned again, raised the blade more, turned again… if that makes any sense.

A bit more about kiaat from one of the main suppliers in my town,

Pterocarpus angloensis
Family: Leguminosae

Distribution: Central and Southern Africa

Properties: This timber has a medium bending strength, high crushing strength, low resistance to shock loads and very low stiffness. Works well with hand and machine tools, but there is a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. It glues well and can be stained and polished to a very good finish.

Uses: Furniture, panelling and high-class joinery and domestic flooring.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 01-30-2016 05:14 PM

That is a great technique
You cannot insist on “carefully” more

-- shuja

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 05:18 PM


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

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 04:23 AM

Love it Brett

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 01:05 PM

I really like the design, well done.

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 04:27 PM

That is really cool. Great job

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 04:35 PM

that is beautiful work and a sweet design!

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 05:12 PM

Great design and build. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 02-01-2016 06:20 AM

Guys, thank you for all the wonderful comments. Your encouragement is much appreciated!

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