Tongue and Groove Blackbutt Table top

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Project by robscastle posted 05-28-2016 11:20 PM 1899 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was the result of me being given a couple of tubs of Blackbutt flooring offcuts.
They were all about 300mm so I determined I had enough to replace a damaged table top with them, so I set to work

Construction:- The off cuts were all cut to size and those too short became half length pieces.
Everything was then glued together into five individual sections, mainly so I could sand them in all my drum sander.

Next the sections were glued together and then trimmed square.
This completed the main section of the table and then the edging was attached.
The edging used was random pieces of Tasmanian Oak I had “just lying about”.
Initally I only had one edge fitted to the table, but I did not like the look of it so an additional mitered edge was added to finish it off hiding the exposed end grain ends.

Being happier with this look I then routed the sharp edges off using a roundover bit and commenced sanding everything.
The sanding process started at 80 Grit which was where the drum sander left off and then finished with a ROS to 320 Grit.
There is a more detailed construction sequence I did in a blog series if interested.


Background: *
In picture No 6 there is a partial view of the original table top, dont be decieved though, because it was so big I had to make a temporary work surface from MDF to do the job, visible in picture 5!
This had to be the biggest project attempted to date:- No suitable surface to work on, not enough big clamps to do the job, and a steep learning curve as I went!
It took me over a week part time to complete to satisfaction!

The finishing surface is Shellawax applied with a polishing sander.

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 11:31 PM

aye matey

yer made a mountain
from a mole pile

well done

now go have a cool one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-29-2016 01:07 AM

That came out very nicely, Rob.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 02:14 AM


I followed your blog. What a great use of scrap. That really looks terrific!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 05-29-2016 02:14 AM

Nice work!!!!!!! Lovely wood and a great finished Project. Good solid table and looks plumb and square.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 05-29-2016 03:07 AM

Very well done!

Awesome way to make Something out of Nothing!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 05-29-2016 07:51 AM

That’d look very nice in anyone’s dining room, especially mine….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 05-29-2016 09:42 AM

Great looking table Rob and so well done too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-29-2016 11:27 AM

Rob, I enjoyed seeing this project in process. Thanks for taking us along. I have been messaging with Mike (above) and we agree that it is a miracle that we live in an age where a woodworker living in the middle of America can touch some buttons and communicate with a woodworker living in Norway and comment on some project you did in Australia. A wonder.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-30-2016 01:14 AM

Beautiful table, Rob! Thanks for sharing the blog.

-- God bless, Candy

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