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Project by bhog posted 776 days ago 1144 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for a woman who over the years has become like a grandmother to me.I built it for her 92nd birthday. The wood was cut and milled by her father sometime in the 70’s on her farm here in Southern Illinois and has been sitting up in one of her barns since.I have been using this wood for a few years .

There was alot of handwork done on it and even used Winnonas dead husbands spokeshaves to chamfer the legs and trim under the aprons etc.

It measures 67w x 14d x 31t.The finish on it is french polished garnet shellac with the top being grain filled with pummice,followed by a little paste wax.

pics are from my non smart phone.

-- I don't drive a Prius.





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GenerationWW

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#1 posted 776 days ago

Table looks great! It is special to reuse material that the person being honored, cut and milled the wood themselves, then give it to their significant other. I was able to use cedar that my wife’s grandfather cut and milled himself to make a special gift for her. Even though you made the gift, in a way, that person had his hand in it too. Great job.

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Don W

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#2 posted 776 days ago

that looks really nice. I’ve often thought the story (like this one) should be inscribed underneath the piece to be forever remembered. It certainly adds value that will certainly be lost with time.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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bhog

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#3 posted 776 days ago

GWW your absolutely right makes it even more special.

Don thats a good idea , I will have to do something about.Thanks.

Thanks for the comments guys .

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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lysdexic

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#4 posted 776 days ago

Awesome table Brandon. I have a thing for “hall” tables. I have never heard of filling grain,with pumice. What is this craziness of which you speak?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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bhog

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#5 posted 776 days ago

Scott what I do is put on a few light rubbed on coats,or maybe 1 brush coat, and with a pad or rubber charged with alcohol and dabbed in ffff pumice rub it down.You dont want to use too much or you can have a mess.The idea is for the pumice to abrade the wood and mix with the shellac and fill grain.

You have to keep adding alcohol and dabbing in the pumice and push pretty hard.I work in small areas because its easier to see.And always practice first because its easy to make a mess.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 776 days ago

Very nice I’m sure she loves it…..Love walnut

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Chuck

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#7 posted 767 days ago

Nice table Brandon. I think its great for her to have something made from the wood her husband cut.

-- Chuck, http://woodchucksworkshop.blogspot.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 734 days ago

That table looks perfect there. Very nice work! Wished I was as familiar with finishes as you are! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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bhog

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#9 posted 734 days ago

Smitty , thanks.A little handed down knowledge(lol) and alot of practice.Also when its done by hand like that its never perfect,I just have to decide when its good enouph. ;)

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 648 days ago

WOW. That is a beautiful table!! Nice story to go with it. I’ll bet she’ll treasure that one!!

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

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lysdexic

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#11 posted 648 days ago

Second look. It is, in fact a great table. The thing that I find curious is that you describe using a French polish but the top doesn’t look plastic. I associate a French polish with a plastic look. Am I wrong?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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bhog

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#12 posted 648 days ago

Scott I dont think a french polish looks plasticky.To me a thick film finish is what youre describing.A french polish is a thin film finish but with alot of depth.The pics here are horible and do not show the glossyness of it.That may be what you are thinking.I wouldnt say youre wrong Scott just different… ;)

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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chrisstef

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#13 posted 647 days ago

You nailed this one Hog. I think i need to take your class on finishes. I love wood with a story.

-- "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

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