|Project by Rob Vicelli||posted 07-23-2012 01:10 AM||1876 views||3 times favorited||1 comment|
Hi, When My wife decided to allow me to build a new table, we decided on a Maple top with a leaf. Since we dont use the leaf often (Only for parties and then is is covered by a table cloth) I choose to make the leaf from the end of the glue up so when the table is without the leaf the grain would match. The leaf is 18” and The osbourne wood slides perform absolutely great. Very smooth and stable. The table top is secured with Rockler table top mounts which utilize a groove in the apron to allow for expansion. The legs were tapered on a jig a made for the table saw. Legs attach to the aprons using dowels and metal corner braces with 2 studs into the leg tie it all together. Smoothing the table top was interesting and took some time even though the boards were close and I used My Jess em dowel jig to put the individual boards together. The edge treatment was done with my new friend, Mr. Lie Nielsen low angle block plane and Woodriver #4 smoother. A simple 45 degree top and bottom edge.
The finish is sprayed General Enduro Var which gives a slight yellow tint similar to using oil based finishes – 3 coats then rubbed down to a very smooth satin finish.
Now for things I would have done differently
1 – More time on the jointer to assure everything was straight and 90 degrees- These boards are bigger then I usually handle and I may have rushed this step. The day was save with hand planes and drum sander though my 6/4 boards ended up at 15/16 thickness.
2 – Set up a really large shooting board to make the joint perfect between the table halves and also the leaf. I really had to finesse this with the block plane after I cut the pieces with a Thick Freud Rip blade on the Saw.
3 – Finish only once. So let me start by saying I have a very well, Sit Means Sit, trained Shepard/Lab (Moose) mix weighing in at 93lbs. This guy will do whatever he is told and when he is told. Part of this training is placing him on everything and anything from park benches to a patch of grass and he will stay there until told. Well My wife and I were getting ready to carry in the new table, so I covered it and patted down on the cover (a Thin Sheet) and my Moose interpreted that as GO HERE. Being the obedient dog he is he went up on the new table which was slippery as no other. As he dug his nails in trying not to break his leg I scooped him up and put him on the ground. Well the damage was done, I felt too sick to take any pictures but lets just say I started off at 80 grit again and put the old table back in the kitchen for another week!
All and all we are happy with our new table and look forward to many years of use.
-- Rob V