|Project by bannerpond1||posted 03-29-2014 06:38 PM||1190 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I just finished this for an out-of-state client. Can’t anyone give me some hints for shipping this 74-pound kitchen table? I’m thinking crating and maybe a pallet. Your experience would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
The top was made from one of my giant shagbark hickory trees which had to come down. The entire top is end grain, including the maple which surrounds the hickory. To get the repetitive pattern, I made two different glue-ups and alternated them when I rolled them 90 degrees before the second gluing. I also flipped every other piece end for end. This distributed the color variations all across the table and is responsible for the “T” shapes in the sapwood.
For anyone making end grain boards, most folks will tell you can’t run it through a planer. That’s just not so. I have done it with several dozen boards and never lost one. The secret is to glue a sacrificial board on each end. When you run it through your planer (with about 1/3 the normal cut) those sacrificial pieces will take the tear-out and leave your end grain completely unharmed. After sanding, I crosscut those pieces off the ends.
This table top was too wide for my 15-inch planer, so I made a sled for my router and clamped boards of equal width to each long edge of the end grain plank. Then I slowly ran the router over the board half a dozen times until I leveled it. Same for the opposite side.
Sanding was done with my new Festool Rotex 6-inch wonder sander. Once you use one, you’ll never go back to a 5-inch sander of any other brand. It has its own vacuum system, which is nice on the nose. The two-speed sanding action is fabulous. I figure my 5-inch DeWalt ROS takes three times longer to do the same job.
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