|Project by Karson||posted 10-23-2009 04:46 AM||8460 views||11 times favorited||52 comments|
The Mason Dixon Woodworkers in Delmar De, which I’m the current President was planning on a workshop to make a Shaker Table. The cost for members was $65.00 and that included the materials to make the table except for the finishing. The workshop was a 2 day workshop.
The plans were to make the table out of Popular. I opted to use my own wood instead of using the club supplied wood.
I planned to make my table out of some Maple Burl that I had collected a while back. The blog on getting the wood is here.
I wanted to do a bookmatch on the four legs so I invented a way to make all 4 legs bookmatched on the face side of the legs. I posted the posting of that process here.
I was going to make a hall table and I didn’t want to glue two pieces together so the widest board I had was 11” and it cleaned up to 10 3/4” wide. It would have been nicer to have it wider, but the only wider board was also short. The first board I started to work with was only 9” and it looked great but too small.
The board I selected has a void in the back that almost goes through the surface on the other side.
The board started out about 8’ long and I cut it in half and selected the best piece.
The cut off
My piece has a small bark piece on one corner and is about a nickle in size.
The board is Maple Burl with Ambrosia Maple streaks running through the wood.
The aprons on top of the top with the legs off to the side.
The Aprons had a small bead put on the lower edge. Because of the burl I had to use the router table to cut the bead. Other classmates used a hand plane to cut them.
A dry fit with the legs, aprons and top.
The aprons were made from a 7” wide piece that I cut in half on the bandsaw.
The finish is my own made Danish Style Oil. (5th picture) It’s 1/3, mineral Spirits, 1/3 boiled Linseed Oil and 1/3 varnish. I made one cup of finish and I added about 1/2 cap of Japan Drier which makes the oil dry faster and set up overnight.
I soaked it good with about 2/3 of the finish and then 2 hours later put the last 1/3 on the wood. It soaked in and didn’t lay on the surface.
The next day I lightly sanded with 400 grit paper to get rid of all nubs and rough surfaces.
After the light sanding I waxed the surface with Butchers Bowling Alley wax (Clear)
The surface is glass slick and has a satin shine.
My wife said it was too small to be used at the front door so It went to the kitchen and a smaller table ?? went to the hall entry point. (Not my point to ask)
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia email@example.com †