Becoming a Galoot #6: The Galoot Returns

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Blog entry by scruboak51 posted 04-16-2014 02:50 AM 1057 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In addition to the hardwood floor install, bench build, jewelry box build and about a half dozen or so other in process projects I decided to add another one to the list.

I found an old farm house style table at the local salvation army for $50. At 34 inches wide by 6.5 feet long (0.86 by 1.98 meters) it was a bit of an easy decision; I can’t buy raw wood that cheap.

There were some condition issues, mostly due to the way it was initially built. The breadboard ends look to be glued on which probably caused the nice split down the middle. Fortunately almost all of the split is on the glue seam.

Also the top is connected to the apron by some cheap metal brackets. Not the worst way to do things (at least there is an apron) and easily fixable.

Sizing up the work ahead I wanted to tackle the waviness on the table top. I don’t need it to to be dead flat, especially for a harvest style table, but there was a little too much wave for my tastes.

I thought about the router sled, but this table top is too large for my current set up (it’s longer than the rails).

Next thought was the one of my hand held sanders but I wasn’t really prepared to be covered head to toe in dust

That left my hand-plane. I’ve been practicing a bit on some scrap and working on my sharpening technique. I gave the blade a quick hone and got to work.

It work like it is supposed to! Nice big shavings leaving behind a smooth surface. I don’t plan on taking the whole surface down, just wanted to make the high spots a little less high.

Not too sure what the wood is, I thought it may have been Cherry, but now thinking Beech with a Cherry stain.

Some work lies ahead, but hopefully I can get this turned around and sold in the next few weeks. It’s too big for our kitchen but too small for the dining room. Hopefully I can find a good home for it and put a little cash in the wallet for the next project.

I must say that it’s a please to add a new tool/technique to the arsenal, especially one that doesnt’ leave me, the shop and everything in it covered in dust.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading

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