|Project by sandflea||posted 06-15-2008 09:32 AM||6555 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
I started this project over a year ago. I had the top and the legs mostly done and then stuck them in a corner of my shop were they sat and gathered dust for about the last 10 months as I worked on other projects. Well, my wife told me it was time to finish the table and get it in the dining room. I also needed more room for the workbench I am building so I decided to get it done.
I’m not 100% happy with the results. I didn’t spend enough time sanding them and as a result there are a couple spots where if you look close enough you can see the swirl marks from the lower grits. I’m rarely completely happy with my work though. I think if you decide your stuff is good enough then you just limited how good you can get. I hope to never be ‘good enough’, I want to keep getting better. My wife is making keep this table for now though, but she did promise to let me try again in about a year. Next time I want to use walnut and change up a few pieces of the design.
Now before anyone says it, I know alder is a soft wood and it is very likely this table will get dinged up. I don’t care. I really like the looks, and any dings and scratches my kids add to it will only give it character and show that this is family furniture and not a museum piece.
I’m not really sure what style to call this, the design came from my head. I was watching the bonus features DVD’s for Lord of the Rings when I drew this up and had the dwarves style in mind. Whatever we call it, I like it. It’s built far heavier than it would ever need to be. I like that look. This matches a coffee table I built a while ago which I don’t think I’ve posted here yet. I’ll add that soon.
I went for a bread-boardish style top. It’s got a few coats of Watco dark walnut danish oil, lots of coats of General Finishes Arm R Seal and a final coat of some satin liquid wax that I buffed out to a light gloss. The legs are bolted to the apron from the inside so I can take it apart if I move. To do that there are T-nuts mounted inside the apron covered with walnut plugs.
The inlay is made of pieces of walnut, yellow heart, purple heart, oak, bubinga, padauk and bloodwood. The inlay actually was not part of the original design. It came about as a design feature to cover an assembly mistake. I don’t know if I was tired or what, but when I was connected the apron to the top I measured wrong and used screws that were too long and they poked up through the table top.
-- Sawdust is life