|Project by chrisstef||posted 12-30-2010 02:41 AM||2266 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
This project started out as a promise i made to the old man when i started woodworking. I’d make him a coffee table i told him … 2 years ago. This past Christmas i wanted to make good on the promise so i turned out, what i feel, the best piece i have buit to date.
The table top is a reclaimed piece of black oak from a demo job just down the road from my house. It measured 22” wide, 6 foot long, 6/4 thick. Much to wide for the old Delta planer. So i broke out the hand planes and went to work. Using a #5 Groz as a scrub, a #5 SB jack, a #7 SB jointer, and a #4 SB smoother i took the rough sawn down to rough finish. (photo #6)
Then i took my first leap into router inlays. With some help from some fellow LJ’s i figured out how to set up the router and bushing making the recesses and the keys. The keys too are reclaimed from another demo job, this time an old bowling alley being used as a warehouse, a 12/4 piece of mahagony. (photo #2)
On to the legs and apron … Pulling another board from the reclaimed pile i was able to make the legs and apron all from the same board. A 22” wide piece of pine. I ripped down the pine and planed it clean finding some wonderfully straight grained heart material. Using the left over mahagony i sandwiched 2 pieces of heart pine around a 1” piece of mahagony for the legs and used the rest for the apron. My first attempt at mortise and tenon joints went a well as could be expected fitting together snuggly with a minimal gap. (photo #3)
I finished it off with 2 coats of natural danish oil, 5 coats of Miniwax wipe-on gloss poly, and 2 coats of paste wax rubbed out. (Thanks for all the finishing tips everyone). Look at that bad boy shine!
The name of the table came from how the old man likes his coffee “Milk. Two Sugars”
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty