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Project by studie posted 04-26-2010 07:42 AM 4192 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table for a friend that is tired of IKEA stuff falling apart. Last summer I got many loads of wood from a sawmill & now finally working it into some fun projects. I hope it’s dry enough to hold a finish! It’s still a little sappy but I just had to go for it! As I have no wide drum sander or wide planer I had to use a hand held power planer to surface everything somewhat flat. The top is joined to the legs with 3 large Dominos & Gorilla glue. The lower shelf is dadoed into the legs 3/4”. Lots & lot’s of sanding, #36 grinder, belt sander & rotax for hours & hours. Pre stain conditioner, Minwax golden oak & then many coats of wipe on poly. The client has a modern type home but says this will contrast well in the home. I just built this with the idea of letting the wood speak to me. Had no other input & they love it! How great is it when you can have that kind of freedom.
Lumberjocks, you all have been a huge inspiration for me. Thanks Martin, & to everyone!

-- $tudie





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studie

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 08:03 AM

Pic #5 on the right side looks like the edge of the table is sloping below the large knot, but the top is flat. However the grain in this Douglas Fir makes for a wavy surface even after many hours of sanding up to #180 grit. The wood has soft & very hard grain so it takes on a surface of it’s own. You could park a car on this thing!

-- $tudie

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Dez

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 08:40 AM

I have always liked natural edges. Fir will develop that wave as you sand in a lot of cases because of the difference in hardness between early and late grain.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 08:45 AM

Nice work Scott.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 09:00 AM

that is a beautiful top..i hope its dry enough that those surface cracks stay stable…will cross my fingers..how long has it been since it was slabed…rule of thumb is 1 year per inch…...it sure is beautiful though…nice job…i like that router too…pretty cool handle…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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studie

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 09:24 AM

Thanks Dez & Bob, I found that setting this out in the sunlight really helped to dry the finish more than just the heat from the wood stove. I worry that the sap will leak out at some point & I’ll have to do more top coats eventually. But I told them this is a live edge table! Do you think I could convince them it’s still alive? Set it in the garden & soon there will be saplings coming out the sides! Oh that will be an extra charge. ;) $$$$$

Topamax (Bob) has Inspired me to not only post more but to make more things. The warmer weather is making it easier to get inspired, not to mention not getting yelled at for the fumes of the finish in the house as now we can do that outdoors. Oh crap it’s going to snow tomorrow. Oh narrow mind. LOL Leave it to a pal to get you into trouble, thanks Bob.

-- $tudie

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studie

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 09:48 AM

I wanted to introduce this as “Heres one for you GRIZ” but didn’t want to single you out buddy! I was hoping you might say a word as I thought this is your (& mine) kind of style. I know about the seasoning rule so quit rubbing it in. ;) I’ll be rubbing the finish in for another year or two I’m sure.

The Festool equipment has been great so far. The TS 55 came with a 51” & 106” track, so when I got the 1400 router I got the guide for it $70. I know not cheap but it’s a system now! The Domino with all the bells & garder belts was $1200! When I wear the garder belt on my arm, no one says much, but when I wear it on my leg they say ” who do you think you are, the Grizmannnnnnn” “yer not man enough to wear that here” !!!!;) ;)))

-- $tudie

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grizzman

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#7 posted 04-26-2010 09:56 AM

here is to studie…the next dress wearer ...so when do we see the guarder belt..lol…....yea i saw that table…and thought it would look grand in the house here…im actually working on a small new coffee table…walnut top…with live edge….will be done with it in a few days…hope you will like it..stay warm…man were in the 80’s down here….its rough…but i can handle it….....wow its three in the morn..i got to get to bed…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 04-26-2010 01:22 PM

looks great…well done…I really like your shed doors as well, they look great…..

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 04-26-2010 01:33 PM

lots of fun on this one , studei .

good spring project .

wouldn’t some side rails and a sled ,
for the router be easier to flatten with ?
you could use it for other projects as well .

to bad you didn’t have long enough legs for it ,
that you have to put it up on a bench to use it (LOL) !

-- 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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#10 posted 04-26-2010 02:41 PM

Nice Bench/table I love what you did to the top.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 04-26-2010 05:04 PM

Hey, Studie, nice project, love the live edge and free form (love this kind of stuff because I’m just not very linear in my approach to woodworking LoL). As patron indicated, you might want to consider a router planer for flat top and bottom next time. If you’re interested, or haven’t seen it yet, I came up with just such a planer that I’ve actually done an 8 foot fireplace mantel on (time and labor intensive, but worth it when you see the final project). You can check the planer out on LJs at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/23725. You can even modify this prototype to fit your specific needs. Really all you need is some angle iron and a couple scrap blocks of wood for the sled. The adjustable height stuff can be virtually anything you come up with including adjustable sawhorses. Good luck, and, again, great piece!

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#12 posted 04-26-2010 07:35 PM

U R welcome :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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studie

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#13 posted 04-27-2010 08:42 AM

Thanks everyone! It’s amazing how a fun project will not only teach you but also make one hungry to do another. I’m seeing some sap coming up in the finish but looking better with each coat. TZH, I have seen & commented on your router planer & really must build one. A must have for this kind of wood!

-- $tudie

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 06:09 PM

Just stumbled on this. It is a real beauty. I hope to do a live edge table or bench some day.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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