3rd Project. Hall Table

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Project by camestoy posted 12-01-2013 09:33 PM 1239 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 3rd project. It’s a little hall table I made out of Alder from a big box store, and some scrap mahogany that I guy I know gave me for a few bucks. I finished it with 3 coats of BLO, spar varnish, and mineral spirits and then a coat of wax that I buffed with a cotton rag. It was a good learning project for keeping things square and attaching table tops.

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 03:37 AM

You got talent for finishing. What are the mineral spirits for?

-- Weth

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 08:01 PM

I don’t know about the talent thing… it doesn’t seem like I’m getting any better results than anyone else.

Anyway, the mineral spirits just thins it all out and make it possible to apply really thin and even coats. It just takes more to get the same level of coverage.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 02:56 PM

Looks great and well crafted. Like the beautiful top and finish. Great job!

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 10:41 PM

Camie’s Toy, thanks for the buddy. It is always a compliment to be chosen for that. Judging from the first three projects you have posted, it looks like you are off to a great start in woodworking. The tray, box and table all show that you are working at improving your skills. I especially like the border you added to this hall table. Nice look. However, if you make another one you might consider tapering the legs.

Boxes are my thing at the moment, so if you are interested in that area, and I can help you, please feel free to ask whatever you wish. Here is a list of tutorials you might like. You might be interested in the information about finish, box clamps and splines. This is my take on building serving trays.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like those pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Finishing tips:
Swapping Wood By Mail:

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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