This was an interesting project for me. I haven’t done a table before and had to do a lot of research on building this one. Although I was overall happy with the finished product, there were several areas where my skill was not up to the task. The most glaring was trying to flatten the top, I probably won’t attempt a table this large again without a lot more experience flattening. The apron is dovetailed to the legs. I enjoyed making the legs and learned a lot on technique, I ended up doing the final shaping with a hand plane which went very well. The table is made of mahaghany, oak and sapele. The badges are laser engraved then filled with gold laquer.
On a side note I made two mistakes with saws while doing the build within 10 minutes of one another. The first was while cutting the 4×4 legs to 8 sided, I had a sacrificial fence setup and secured with double sided tape and the blade at 45 degrees touching the fence. As I stepped by the saw I discovered tape doesn’t always hold well, the sacrificial fence flew out of the saw and slammed into my inner thigh, too close for comfort but just a big bruise. The second event was about 10 minutes later using the chop saw to cut a small pices off. As soon as the saw penetrated the piece, the cutoff was sucked into the sawblade and went into the shield. Since there is very little space between the blade and the safety mechanism that shrouds it, there was a huge BANG as pieces of safety mechanism went into the blade and came flying out as smaller pieces of flying metal. Both instances listed could have been avoided, and both had the capability to cause more damage to me than they did. I think of myself as very conscientios with safety but a little more thought could have saved me a bruise and a damaged saw.