|Project by studie||posted 12-22-2012 08:49 PM||2237 views||6 times favorited||14 comments|
Last year I got a nice load of rough cut walnut boards and have finally started to use some of it. Rough, twisted, bowed you name it, hard to tame it. Trying my handplanes to take the twist out was not working so having learned from LJs to use a planer sled was the ticket. My brother wanted a table for his granddaughter so with the size they asked for 2’x3’ x 23” tall I came up with this. I like to make things as they come to me in my mind. I wanted tapered legs and sculpted aprons. Then the tapered legs spoke to me to have a curve on the 2 fronts and the skirts got curves from my trusty french curve gauge. We recognized that someday the table may want to be full hight 29” so I made the legs and aprons detachable. I made 45 degree corner blocks at each corner screwed them to the aprons inside and then a 1/4” lag/machine screw at 45 degree to the leg and then the nut and washer to cinch them tight. The Dominos keep everything in plane and add strength too. To bring out the natural beauty of the wood I used Minwax natural stain and 5 coats of wipe on poly. I have found that if I get a sweet coat with no streaks or drips I can let it dry without wiping it down. I like the fact that the wipe on poly is thin and gives more open time to get that smooth coat unlike regular poly that is so thick like tar. Finished off with a light rub with #4 steel wool, #1 polishing compound then Antiqwax. Will deliver Christmas eve. This took much longer than I thought but was fun and I will get to see it often. I have a magazine that shows the progress-on of ancient work benches and the legs look like these so with the thick top and burly build I”ll call this a workbench not just a table. Hope you like it and welcome any comments. Oh and the outside pic’s the table is sitting on the rough walnut boards also the long handplane made the top flat after gluing up the 3 top boards, many hrs of sanding after that.