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Blog series by scottb updated 2653 days ago 10 parts 10614 reads 131 comments total

Part 1: Showing my hand...

2712 days ago by scottb | 14 comments »

One of three ideas I’m currently pondering involves this natural edged slab-o-pine in some way… approx 6’ x 8-10” x 3” That's all I've got to say. (And nothing else to show. Really.)

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Part 2: a couple tables

2690 days ago by scottb | 9 comments »

I had this idea… Dick lit a fire Here are a couple tables I made this morning – without glue or any mechanical fasteners! (or any milling or cutting, just used some mahogany I had on hand… coming soon.... the real work in progress!

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Part 3: getting started

2689 days ago by scottb | 17 comments »

One of my first ideas for this challenge was to make a “green” table – as in recycled, not painted. After weeks of pondering, and ultimately ignoring the problem of where to begin, and more importantly, what to use, I remembered that I had this door sitting in my shed. It may have been original to the house, but has been collecting dust for the past 5 or so years since we bought the house and replaced the exterior doors – this one had dog door cut out of it and was ...

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Part 4: what so many legs you have

2686 days ago by scottb | 16 comments »

Had a slight mishap today when I went to mill the legs down so they'd be the proper width after applying a "veneer" edge, I accidentally cut all the pieces! I should have left the those at the final width, I got a little carried away. A little creative thinking and milling a few more pieces out of the remaining door stock, and I'll have legs that will ultimately be a mere 3/16ths skinnier, but and I'm able to proceed using only this reclaimed door lumber. I've thought the inspiration ...

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Part 5: quirks and veneer

2665 days ago by scottb | 9 comments »

Had a few unexpected hours to myself this afternoon – turned that into some useful shop time – and got one step closer to having that old door look a little more like a table! I put the big glueup block o’ leg onto the tablesaw and attempted to cut them down nice and square – with as thin a veneer left as possible. The seperating was easy, the fine tuning also went better than expected, just a slow and careful process. I should have made 5 legs, as I messed u...

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Part 6: one more layer of green

2660 days ago by scottb | 18 comments »

Most of the old door has been milled down in size or thickness in preparations for this table. This has made quick work of paint removal – no tedious sanding, scraping or stripping. One of the door panels will be the lower shelf, but doesn’t require any milling to bring this down to the proper thickness. So, in keeping with the green theme of the Greene and Greene inspired table I pulled out some “Ready Strip” and slathered on an (incidentally green) layer of “...

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Part 7: rails into aprons

2659 days ago by scottb | 11 comments »

I have these 2 rails to resaw into 4 aprons. Cutting off the trim detail (that held the window panes in place) allowed these to fit in my small bandsaw. Unfortunately with this project now well underway, and really close to the deadline, I’m find I may be trying too many new things, with this project. I didn't feel like removing the 2x4 MDF zero-clearance top to my tablesaw to resaw these with the fence I have set up for the standard top (as is my most practiced method). So I tho...

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Part 8: pile of small parts

2655 days ago by scottb | 9 comments »

I should have made a paper template of the parts for this table (actual size). Until I finally cut everything down to size I didn't really see how small this table really was, and with the off cuts I have lying around (had I been more careful early on) I could have made a pair of tables! Lesson learned there. Oddly I did this with my first box in order to figure out my cut list (and how to best maximize a tiny piece of cherry I used for it. If only I remembered. Anyhow, I'm feeling ...

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Part 9: where there's a Lumberjock, there's a way...

2653 days ago by scottb | 14 comments »

I decided that I was going to finish the table yesterday. As I eluded to in my shop tour, the top is slate, specifically a piece of an old school chalkboard. (I have 4 or 5 large pieces courtesy of my grandfather). Months ago I hung up a 2x3 (ish) piece in the kitchen with a couple screws, it drilled really easy and cleanly. I expected to be able to cut this with my jigsaw, but I meant to pick up (or look for) something else - just in case, when I was out getting a few things at the Bi...

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Part 10: Finis!

2653 days ago by scottb | 14 comments »

5000 words on the table, quirks and all: more info in the project post.

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