Time to lay out the extensions. I figured how wide I wanted the 2 extensions to be, clamped the first one And with a piece of scrap cut to the correct length I was able to ensure both extensions were parallel.
Time to lay out for the alignment dowels. A quick pass with the router to provide a clean straight edge.
I found my locations for the dowels a tapped in a nail in each spot. One side of one leaf and only one main top half
I then cut most of the nail off, sharpened the remaining 1/8” to a point and slid the 2 sections together. Pull them apart and nails to the new marks on the second main top ( this will make a mark for the 2nd leaf) add the
leaves and gently pull it all together with long clamps. Sounds complicated but I ended up with locations for all the dowels that were pretty much spot on. I made a quick jig to drill the holes and I’m done.
On to the aprons. I took a page from the Pintodeluxe book and added rare earth magnets to the under side of each apron on the leaves. I should have used 2…mistake #331. they still hold but not as well.
I used figure 8 washers (from Lee Valley) to secure the remaining aprons. The table clamps are from L/V as well.
On to the final prep.
Sharpen up the scraper and have at’er.
I scrapped and I scrapped and I scrapped, but it just didn’t seem flat. So after a bit of searching I found a guy in Vancouver who has a 600V 3phase 54” belt sander. Holy cow!! I packed the 2 tops and leaves up and away I went. 3 days later out they came…damn fine job.
I used my DIY “Teak Oil” to bring the grain out and started brushing on the gloss Varathane, but after 3 coats I figured If I spent all that money to flatten the top…Put on a decent finish. So I bought a spray guy. Due to the size of my garage and compressor I went with a LVLP gun from the Orange store. I lightly scraped the surface of the tops to try and flatten the brush stokes with reasonable success.
After a bit of screwing around I was able to lay on several good coats of satin. Wait several days and polish with4/0 steel wool.
This morning I moved it up stairs and assembled it in place. All things said and done I quite pleased with the results. And Momma really likes it .
The table seats 6 with ease. With the leaves in it will do 10. ‘cept I only made 8 chairs. sigh!
Till next time. Later.
Now. Having said all this. I must thank those who have responded to my blog, for their kind words, tips and encouragement. But especially my deepest thanks to Pintodeluxe for answering ALL my many P/Ms, for giving me pointers and tips and always a “good luck” . Again, my thanks good sir.