Jatoba Coffee and End Tables

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Project by gfadvm posted 07-08-2011 01:01 AM 1017 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are several firsts here. I learned to make my own 1” dowels, designed the tables on the fly, and used my shop built kerfmaker. Finish is 14 coats wiped on Spar followed by 6 coats wiped on poly. We could not get the color to photograph right. The truest color is the second pic. The rest of trhe pics washed out for some reason. All comments/criticisms are welcome.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 03:31 AM

Did you use a quarter round bit to make the dowels or did you turn them? If you used a bit, what size?

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 04:44 AM

derosa – I used a 1/2” roundover bit in my router table and took several less than full thickness passes. Jatoba is really hard and would splinter badly if you tried to take this much material at one pass. The other tip I have is to cut your stock EXACTLY 1”x1” to make a 1” dowel. That said the technique is pretty straghtforward. Leave about 1 1/2 unrouted on each end so you have a flat edge to register against the table and/or fence.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 03:06 PM

I believe the black background may have some effect on your colors. Second thought is are you using back lighting and a fill light with a difuser?

Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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