|Project by Brasco18||posted 05-12-2013 02:02 PM||1246 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
This table is a gift for a friend. Previously, I had made a ‘Minnesota’ table for another friend. My friend, feeling left out, ask, “can you make me one, but of Lake Superior?” I said, “Sure.” The project took about a month and a half to finish. Not bad, considering my wife is super pregnant (She’s due any day now)!
The legs and lower table are walnut and the top is maple. I found an aerial photo of Lake Superior, printed it out and used it as a template. I cut the shape on a scroll saw. The legs are curved with a 0.75” taper running from top to bottom. The curves were drawn freehand (or as I call it, “Guesstimating”). The lower table is a single piece of walnut. The trim was a bit tricky to get right; the left and right trim pieces have two different degree angles and are tapered. I also inlayed Lake Superior stones into the table top, representing the various islands. Obviously, Isle Royale is the biggest. And there are twelve stones inlayed for the Apostle Islands. I left out certain islands because they were either too small or located in places that would have made setting things on the table difficult. I hand-sanded all the cut marks off the legs (a lot of sanding). To sand the edges of the table top, though, was proving to be a real pain. Luckily, I found a bunch of 1/2” wide sanding belts designed to fit my Craftsman bandsaw on Ebay. So I was able to do all the rough sanding of the table top edges using my bandsaw. Just to add a nice touch, I glued together a cairn (stacked rocks) to be placed on the lower table. The whole thing was finished with two coats of shallac, followed by two coats of water-based poly.
Thanks for looking!
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