|Project by camps764||posted 09-15-2012 12:48 PM||1806 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Walnut and oak hall table. Sorry for the crummy pictures, the lighting in our living room isn’t the greatest.
This was a lot of firsts for me.
Mortis and tenon joinery
Through pinned tenons
I have always wanted to do a live edge piece but never had the confidence to tackle it. I looked at a million projects on here and fine woodworking until I found a design that I liked and decided to go for it.
Edit: The top is oak, thanks Dusty!
I believe the top is the sapwood (someone correct me if I’m wrong) since it is the lighter colored wood.
The rest is made with the darker heart wood.
The pins in the through tenons are made from an offcut of the top to add a little contrast.
Finished with Poly cut with mineral spirits to make wipe on easier. The top received a final coat of full strength Poly to add a little durability. Sanded the whole thing with 0000 steel wool and rubbed on a coat of Johnson’s wax.
Overall I am happy with it, and learned a ton of things I’d do differently in the future.
1. I wish I had made the pins larger for the through tenon to get a little more accent.
2. Spend more time on the final sanding process. Sanding is my least favorite part of the process and I get ahead of myself. I always rush through to get to the “magic” part, putting on the first coat of finish to see the final results. I need to slow down, move through the grits slower to get a better finish.
3. Use a different finish. I love the finish that CanadianWoodWorks gets on his chairs/tables. If I could go back and do it over I would use his Hand rubbed oil finish. I’ve gotten comfortable with the wipe on poly mixture and always go to it out of habit. I’d like to expand my horizons and try some other finishes. I’ve also gotten tired of the high gloss look.
4. Get a closer/tighter fit on the tusks/Get a little more artsy with them. They work, and they fit, but they are more decoration than function. Used glue to reinforce the joints so our toddler wouldn’t tear it apart.
5. Use an angled through tenon for the legs to get a little more refinement in the design. As a first shot at mortis and tennon I was a little intimidated to try angled tenons.
6 LABEL ALL OF MY PARTS. I kept them straight for the first dry fit, after that each time I took it apart and put it back together it was a guessing game. Because not all of my mortises were identical, it only really went together easily one way.
As I said, overall I’m happy with the results, but I’m sure this one will be replaced by a more refined version down the road.
Looking forward to the feedback from other Jocks. What suggestions would you make? I’d love some constructive feedback to help me refine design/and build process for the future.
Thanks guys and gals!