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End Table- My Journeyman Project

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Project by BusterB posted 11-14-2013 01:28 AM 1275 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since we dont have a local woodworkers guild (the closest is in Knoxville), I have to depend on you guys to tell me if I am progressing in my woodworking skills at an acceptable level. In a few days I will have been lurking around here for almost a year and gosh what a year it has been. I have made some really great online friends, set up a mostly functional shop and have learned a bunch in the process. So I need to know, oh masters of lumberjocks, can I lay aside my apprentice beanie and don the apron of a journeyman? LOL (I have tickled myself)
Big ole slab of 30 year plus seasoned poplar (pretty cool, has some spalting and a tad bit of live edge to give it character) for the top and white oak for the base. Finished with BLO. Thanks to my scottish bud Jamie for giving me the idea of using the corner braces to mount the top. I was gonna use metal L brackets but this worked better.
Ok….on to the next project on the list….oh crap where did I put that list
?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Todd Barrone

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 01:46 AM

I have to say our worlds are not to far apart bud. I have been wood working full time for 14 months and have learned plenty. Went from no shop to a great shop that seems to function well. I don’t know about the other LJ brothers, I think you have well earned your journeyman apron sir. You build some really nice stuff and my hat is off to you. Great job, you said you finished it with BLO, what is that?

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 01:53 AM

Yes, Buster. Don the apron; put a 0.5mm pencil in the upper pocket, a folding rule in its side pocket and a block plane in the front pocket; finish with a red handkerchief in your back jeans pocket. Then press on with PRIDE. That’s PRIDE- Professional Results In Daily Efforts.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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BusterB

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 01:56 AM

Todd- Thanks Buddy….I have to disagree with you buddy, you have grown in skill at a exponential rate my friend. If you learned any faster…you head would be smoking…lol
The BLO is a lazy guys way of getting out of typing boiled lindseed oil. It is perhaps one of the easiest oil finishes to work with but offers almost no protection to the wood. I just like the way it makes the grain pop. I usually add a coat or two of paste wood wax to add at least a small amount of protection to the piece. Hard lesson I learned…have to give the BLO a chance to cure before applying the wax….48 hours just dont do it…lol

Russel- Thanks buddy…just remind me to remove the handkerchief before coming to Chattanooga….not sure what the gang colors are over there…lol Maybe you should start a local WW guild …you seem to have the knowledge to make it fly buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 01:59 AM

Hey buddy, there is no such thing as an ”acceptable level”. The only one you have to please is yourself the rest of us LJs are just here to encourage you on and give opinions when asked. I have only been woodworking a few years myself and just love the process of creating things. I can tell that you do too. Your table looks great, it has clean lines and you did a fine job on the tapered legs.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 02:16 AM

L2:- Thanks Lee. I do enjoy the process of woodworking….but most of all I enjoy figuring out how to make stuff work. My dad had a friend who could just look at something and tell how it worked and how it was put together… I see you being quite a bit like that my friend.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 02:20 AM

You are doing just fine, Buster . Put that apron on!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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KnotCurser

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 02:23 AM

Very nice build!

If you are looking for opinions, I can say your joinery looks great, but I would say the table top looks a tad too thick compared to the legs and stringers. Too “beefy” maybe.

From what I can see in the pictures, the finish look spot-on as well.

Great job – keep it up!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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BusterB

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 02:36 AM

Jim- Thank uou sir….just hope they have one in my size…lol

Bob- Good point on the thickness of the “slab” top. I could have saved having to sand all those tool marks (thinking it had been laying on his work table and became a prop when he was cutting something) out if I had been able to cut it down a half inch or so… was too wide for the planer and too tall for the bandsaw… mumble mumble…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 02:58 AM

Your woodworking is doing great. that chef outfit however…........................

Cool build on this. Looks like a great table.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BusterB

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 03:06 AM

Monte… Cant argue in the least about the chefs outfit. Me and Frances were in Cozumel Mexico and she thought it would be a good idea to take a salsa making/dancing class. The eating was great. The dancing not so much…lol Thanks for your comment buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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MarkTheFiddler

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 03:16 AM

Buster, that’s some good solid work my friend. Wear the mantle proudly! I think you were pretty daring with that thick beefy top. It doesn’t fit the expected mold. I love that. It works.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 11-14-2013 05:00 AM

Nice looking end table Buster.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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hoss12992

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#13 posted 11-14-2013 05:37 AM

Great job on the table buddy. Really like the BLO finish on it as well. You sir have def left the “Apprentice” title a long time ago my friend. I always look forward to seeing your projects. LJ’s is def a great resource for ALL of us, and I think most of our fellow LJers as well as myself, find inspiration from each others projects. Again, awesome job buddy, and thanks for sharing your craftsmanship with us.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Handtooler

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#14 posted 11-14-2013 11:31 AM

Hoss, You’ve really said it nicely.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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BusterB

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#15 posted 11-14-2013 12:59 PM

Mark- Thank you buddy. It was called using what you have on hand…lol If nothing else, he will have a one of a kind table….

Jim- Thank you sir. Its always good to hear from the other end of the world lol

Hoss- That may be the single longest response I have ever seen you post my friend….lol Thanks!!! Finishing is the main area I struggle in. One of the main reasons I like the oil finishes…pretty hard to mess up…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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