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Project by woodside posted 08-18-2013 02:17 AM 1706 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.this is my first project posting after a few years of enjoying everyone’s projects here. It took my wife needing a computer table for her 3rd grade class to get me to invision and complete a project. I added a picture with table top before glue up that has green tape on wood to keep glue off finished surface. The tape helped to make easy cleanup and the lacquer I apply to look uniform .i think the tape is great especially if your going to use stain. Thx for looking.





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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 03:04 AM

Nice table! I like to work with eastern red cedar myself. I can get it very readily here in Missouri and ata great price. Such nice color.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 04:19 AM

That is a nice looking table. The finish looks great too. The wife should be very well pleased.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 07:06 AM

Very Nice, though I have to say we call it Aromatic cedar, as it comes from the aromatic cedar tree.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 01:16 PM

I’d have to look in my conifers of north America book to see what grows in Texas, assuming that’s a local wood. There are probably numerous junipers that have the same look and aroma and are all referred to as aromatic cedar. In Missouri we have eastern red cedar, but I know it is commonly referred to as aromqtic cedar. Either way its a fine table.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 02:18 PM

firefighterontheside, yes. In KC eastern=aromatic cedar, and western red = is more or less regarded as pine. This table looks like western red cedar to me.
Looks like a great table, I’d be interested to see how well it wears on the surface. I’m always too afraid to use cedar for a surface that will get a lot of wear.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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firefighterontheside

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#6 posted 08-18-2013 03:11 PM

Looks like eastern to me, especially with those white streaks. Eastern is a lot harder than western. I built a stool that my little ones use to reach the potty and have been standing on for about 4 years and there are no scratches or dents. I wanted to build a new front door for my house with western red cedar but chickened out because I decided it would be too soft.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 08-18-2013 03:19 PM

Nice table and looks good.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 08-18-2013 03:20 PM

Yeah, the western can be scratched with a fingernail. I have access to aromatic cedar for a couple bucks a bf. I may get some to have on hand.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Von

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#9 posted 08-18-2013 06:30 PM

Yeppers, my favorite wood to work with. I built my kitchen cabinets out of this stuff. I even mixed up my own pigmented stain (sort of a reddish color) that makes the grain pattern pop. All of my cabinet doors are grain matched board for board from left to right, and door to door.

Your table would be right at home in my kitchen! Feel free to send it my way, haha.

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woodside

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#10 posted 08-18-2013 07:04 PM

Yes this is aromatic cedar. I was told it is from the heart of the log even though there’s some yellow sap wood streaks in it. I know this table top will see a fare share of dings and dents but its a keyboard mouse kind of table so it should hold up to little abuse. I used deft lacquer seems little soft but its ok. Thanks for encouragement. Wow kitchen with this wood I bet looks good.

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