Well what put this on my list of projects is Garyk and his blog about his interpretation of the classic chippendale pie crust table. Well reading on how he built his and what I would need to do, I decided to put a spin into the classic design and make it a really unique table. Well when I was doing research on how the classics were built they were out of mahogony or walnut traditionally. I did not have any on hand so I used what I had and that was Quater Sawn White Oak. Now according to different people, that was a bad choice of wood because of the chip out factor. I realized that but I also learned that if I take my time I get an excellent finish. So I got the outside edge done and started on the hollowing of the center and didnt take my time and the whole top cupped severley. So now that I am waiting for the top to flatten out I thought why not start on the base. Well if you look at Garys blog, you will notice that he had a turned post. Well I dont have a legacy mill or a lathe for that matter. So I made a center post in the shape of a haxagon. then came the part of the feet. Traditional table, have carved feet, and to be honest I didnt feel confident enough to do this so I made scaled down versions of the center post and had the feet as little hexagons. Then to conceal the end grain on the tops of the feet, I made mini pie crust tables to go on the three feet. Then the aprons in between the feet and the center post are joined with mortise and tenon joints and set at an angle to elevate the center post off the ground like 5” or so. Back to the top, when I get the top stabilized, I will be taking a right angle grinder to in and making it truley flat and that will set me up for the final part of the top. The final part is the best part in my mind. I got the idea from my dad, he told me to stray away from the original table top design and carve pecans that have been scaled up from normal size to be praportionate to the table size and I will carve them into the top and make the top of the table look like an actual pie. Then once I apply the finish to the entire table a 30” round piece of glass will be put into the top of the table to cover up and protect the pecans. So my only question is, is what do my fellow jocks suggest as a finish for QSWO that will give me a hard mirror like finsh? Thanks for reading and any feedback I get will be appreciated. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have some pics available that I will post in my next blog entry. which will be Part Two: Segment Two- Pics of the Pie Crust Table.