Hello everyone out there.
I am very new to woodworking and have found lumberjocks to be extremely helpful so far. I recently decided that I wanted a new table for my apartment. I went around the corner of my place in Brooklyn to a really cool shop where they make tables, cabinets, dressers etc. I left a little down after they asked me for $1200 for a very small table.
I then decided to try to make the table myself! Last weekend while on a trip in Vermont I was able to find a very nice, large piece of Maple (Over 6 feet by about 3 feet) (I have been trying to upload a picture for everyone see but I’m having trouble).
The problem now is that my grand idea requires actual work and I’m lost before I even start! I have had varying advice from friends on how to start working on the wood, but I was hoping that the helpful community on Lumberjocks could help me out and give me any advice/suggestions as I make my way through this project. Below are some of the issues I’m thinking about and trying to choose a plan of action on. THANKS!!!!
1. Should I use a hand planer or belt sander to work down the surface? The guy I bought the wood from had beautiful finished tables and told me that what I should do is work the table down with a belt sander using 3 different grades of sand paper. After that he said I should take an orbital sander and finish it off. I saw a project that he was working on and this was what he was doing. A friend of mine thought this sounded like a bad idea. He was worried that the belt sander could quickly chew through the table and make a severe divot. He suggested that I use a hand planer that he has to take down the surface.
2. The surface has a few imperfections. On one end the wood has a small split in it, and at another spot there is a small circle divot (kind of chewed through). I am trying to figure out how to fill these. What do I use?