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Project by Ron Aylor posted 07-29-2017 03:24 PM 1022 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What do you do with a bunch of oddly shaped scrap lumber too small to do anything with? Well … you make a rotating tip top table!
 
                 
 
100% unplugged hand tool construction … the top is five glued-up alder boards with 8” diameter corners; the sliding dovetail top supports are maple (with poplar stops); the “bird cage” is cherry with four almost identical maple spindles and a poplar lock; the spring pole lathe turned center post is basswood; and, the sliding dovetail legs are sassafras.
 
                
 
                
 

 
The table is finished with boiled linseed oil, lots of sunlight, shellac, and topped off with bee’s wax.
 
Thanks for looking!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 07-29-2017 03:28 PM

I like it. Ambitious project that is well executed, well done!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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majuvla

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#2 posted 07-29-2017 03:33 PM

Very clever and good looking table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 07-29-2017 03:46 PM

Nice, great work and use of “odd shaped scrap lumber”, the woods all work well together. Feels good to accompolish a project that tests your hand tool skills, eh?
Will there be a Youtube vid of the build?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Jeremymcon

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#4 posted 07-29-2017 04:40 PM

I like the table! Did you reinforce the leg joints with a metal “spider” like I’ve seen recommended for shaker candle stands?

I need to try your oil-and-sunlight technique. Really gives the piece that nice antique patina look. Plus it seems like it toned down the differences in color between all those different types of wood you used.

My scrap pile is growing quite large… And I could use some turning practice on my new pole lathe… Only thing I’d do differently is make an oval or elliptical top without all the curves – too busy for my house! Looks like it matches your furniture though – I see some other turned items, a ball-and-claw foot on a chair, etc.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 07-29-2017 04:58 PM



I like it. Ambitious project that is well executed, well done!

- theoldfart

Thanks, Kevin!


Very clever and good looking table.

- majuvla

Thank you, Ivan!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 07-29-2017 05:03 PM



Nice, great work and use of “odd shaped scrap lumber”, the woods all work well together. Feels good to accompolish a project that tests your hand tool skills, eh?
Will there be a Youtube vid of the build?

- Oldtool

Thanks! Unfortunately there is no video or blog post for this project … it went together too quickly! I just started playing around … one thing led to the other and this table appears!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 07-29-2017 05:09 PM


I like the table! Did you reinforce the leg joints with a metal “spider” like I’ve seen recommended for shaker candle stands?

I need to try your oil-and-sunlight technique. Really gives the piece that nice antique patina look. Plus it seems like it toned down the differences in color between all those different types of wood you used.

My scrap pile is growing quite large… And I could use some turning practice on my new pole lathe… Only thing I d do differently is make an oval or elliptical top without all the curves – too busy for my house! Looks like it matches your furniture though – I see some other turned items, a ball-and-claw foot on a chair, etc.

- Jeremymcon

Thanks, Jeremy. No “spider” here, just the sliding dovetails. I feel once you try this finish technique it will become a favorite. Good luck with that new lathe. I look forward to seeing what come off of it …

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 07-29-2017 05:59 PM

This is a beautiful table and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 07-29-2017 07:54 PM



This is a beautiful table and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks, Charles!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 07-30-2017 08:30 AM

Nicely done table, Ron. I’m happy to see such fine work done without noisy electric machines.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 07-30-2017 10:13 AM



Nicely done table, Ron. I m happy to see such fine work done without noisy electric machines.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave … oh, but the silence in the shop was deafening … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Sasha

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#12 posted 07-30-2017 11:45 AM

Originally, but if you cut the ends with an electric string, you will get a masterpiece ….. Good luck ….

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 07-30-2017 02:03 PM



Originally, but if you cut the ends with an electric string, you will get a masterpiece ….. Good luck ….

- Sasha

Sasha, please elaborate (???) ... thanks!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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kiefer

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#14 posted 07-30-2017 04:12 PM

Very interesting table and mechanism design !
Love to see this type of hand tool craftsmanship .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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Ron Aylor

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#15 posted 07-30-2017 10:02 PM


Very interesting table and mechanism design !
Love to see this type of hand tool craftsmanship .

- kiefer

Thank you, keifer … it was a joy to build.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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