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Piecrust tilt top table, finally after 8 years

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Project by a1Jim posted 10-23-2017 06:17 PM 2920 views 2 times favorited 60 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi friends
It’s been a long time since I posted my last project, I’ve had some but nothing I felt of consequence.
Here is a Piecrust table I’ve been working on and off (mostly off)since July of 2009 I started a blog on it and never got that finished .My apologies to those who were following it. http://lumberjocks.com/a1Jim/blog/10077
This project was a big experiment for me since I’d never carved anything before and had never made a table anything like it before. I usually don’t use plans but this was a project I didn’t have a clue where to start so I used Charles Neil’s Router technique for the top and got the other details from a book called “Making a Piecrust Tea Table by Tom Heller & Ron Clarkson” pretty much a step by step book. I’m a little underwhelmed with the end product but as someone’s tagline says”better done than perfect” as if there really are perfect projects?

Thanks to my good friend Charles Neil for his great routering technique and for his help with finishing and other questions.

Some of the mistakes I made are:

(1)Using Poplar for this project my thought was I would use this at a low cost but I should have used a higher quality wood worth all the hours put into this table. plus it seems to be tough to carve and sand.

(2) I used a power carver to carve the details in the pedestal .legs & ball and claw, these and all the details on the routered top took me months and months of sanding to get a halfway presentable look.
This is why one of the new skills I ‘m starting to learn is traditional carving making clean cuts with no or little sanding.

(3) when finishing I should have know that the end grain areas around the ball and claw would turn much darker than the rest of the table, this caused many more hours of trying to sand out the darker areas of hard to sand details.

Thanks for looking I’m sure real wood carvers will get a kick out of this:)

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture





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b2rtch

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#1 posted 10-23-2017 06:30 PM

A lot of wokr and may hours for a beautiful result.
Jim you can be proud of your work.

-- Bert

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 10-23-2017 06:35 PM

Very nice and beautiful piece.

I have Charles Neil’s Blotch control that I think would work on the end grain.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 10-23-2017 06:48 PM

Hi Bert thanks for the kind words

Hi Monte
Thanks for the tip but, I use Charles BC all the time but after talking to Charles about it we decided to use shellac to avoid raising the grain and adding even more sanding. Even though I don’t like high gloss finishes on projects I just used Shellac on the whole table for now, perhaps in the future I’ll go back over it with a WB matte finish.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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michelletwo

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#4 posted 10-23-2017 07:54 PM

hey Jim; better late than never… what a big project to take on. I think you did a gosh darn good job. Congrats.

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Jerry

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#5 posted 10-23-2017 07:59 PM

I’d be proud of a monumental effort like this. Great job Jim!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 10-23-2017 08:03 PM

Thanks so much Michel and Jerry

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 10-23-2017 08:04 PM

A great big THUMBS UP to you.

Very nice project that I will NEVER even begin to attempt anything like.

So, I admire your courage and you do have a very nice result too!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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BurlyBob

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#8 posted 10-23-2017 08:05 PM

That is an absolutely stellar looking table! Your definitely in a league far above most of us.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#9 posted 10-23-2017 08:06 PM

Beautiful. I have wanted to build one, and have been a little awed by the top. Maybe I’ll follow your lead.

Nice work, 8 years looks like it was well worth it.

-- Jeff NJ

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 10-23-2017 08:19 PM

Ralbuck you don’t know until you try, thanks for the THUMBS UP.

Thanks, Bob I tell my Students I’m barely an advanced beginner, pretty much the truth. There so many folks here on LJs that could build this as easily as building a birdhouse is for most of the rest of us it’s hard to count how many real advanced woodworking artist there are here.

Thanks, Jeff, give it a shot if nothing else it’s a great learning experience.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 10-23-2017 09:06 PM

WOW that is a very involved project and you built it beautifully!!!!!!Very nice table!
Hats off to you, Jim!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mean_Dean

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#12 posted 10-23-2017 09:15 PM

This table turned out beautifully—you should be very proud of it!

I like the table top, and especially the claw and ball feet—very nice work!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 10-23-2017 09:17 PM

Thank very much you Jim and Dean

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodshaver Tony C

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#14 posted 10-23-2017 09:29 PM

It’s beautiful! Outstanding workmanship Jim! Give yourself a pat on the back you deserve it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 10-23-2017 09:33 PM

That is beautiful Jim!
Even if you don’t like it, no one else will know of the “mistakes” that werea made towards its completion.
I have to agree with your time frame though, working on things outside of one’s comfort zone tend to stretch schedules.

By the way, I suggest apple as a filler!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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